Tuesday, December 31, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 31

December 31, 1974 – The home of Minnesota’s 14th governor, John Lind, was placed on the National Register of Historic Homes on this date. It is located on the corner of Center and State Streets in New Ulm, Minn.


Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 31, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 31, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included. 

 "John Lind Home

This home was built by John Lind in 1887 and was a significant cultural, social and political center built on a prominence above early New Ulm. Swedish born Lind came to America and Minnesota in 1867 at age thirteen. While very young he was a rural teacher in the area until 1874 when he came to read law with a lawyer in New Ulm. He was admitted to the bar here in 1877 and resided here almost continuously until 1901 when he moved to Minneapolis.

During his residence in New Ulm Lind was a Congressman from 1887 to 1893. In 1899 he was elected Minnesota governor for one term. For a time he also was a land office receiver while retaining his New Ulm law practice. In the Spanish-American War he was a quarter master with the 12th Minnesota Regiment in 1898 – this despite the loss of his left hand from a childhood accident.

The Lind Home in New Ulm was stately and elegant when built and could accommodate a great number of people. The graceful porch served as the governor’s reviewing stand for many state and local events. The Queen Anne style house, designed by F. Thayer cost $5,000; though structurally altered, the home retains in 1973 the essential exterior details of the original design."


 The marker was erected in 1973 by the Brown County Historical Society with a memorial gift for Henry N. Somsen, an early law partner of Lind.

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