Lucius Frederick Hubbard

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Lucius Frederick Hubbard
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Lucius Frederick Hubbard
9th Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 10, 1882 – January 5, 1887
Lieutenant Charles A. Gilman
Preceded by John S. Pillsbury
Succeeded by Andrew Ryan McGill
Personal details
Born (1836-01-26)January 26, 1836
Troy, New York, U.S.
Died February 5, 1913(1913-02-05) (aged 77)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amelia Thomas
Profession newspaper owner

Lucius Frederick Hubbard (January 26, 1836 – February 5, 1913) was an American politician. He served as the ninth Governor of Minnesota from January 10, 1882 to January 5, 1887. He was a Republican.

Hubbard in 1857.

Born in 1836 in Troy, New York, and orphaned at ten, Hubbard first worked as a tinsmith in the east and then in Chicago. At age 21 he moved to Red Wing, Minnesota with an old hand-operated printing press and some type; within two months, he was publisher and editor of the Red Wing Republican, in which he promoted his strong political views.

Hubbard (front left) with members of the 5th Minnesota Regiment in 1862.

During the American Civil War, Hubbard joined the Union Army in 1861 as a private in the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. He took part in the siege of Corinth, the siege of Vicksburg, the battle of Nashville and the battle of Fort Blakely. He was made a brevet brigadier general on December 16, 1864 for his services at Nashville. After the war's end Hubbard returned to Red Wing, where he simultaneously engaged in milling and railroading. He won election to the state senate, completing his second term in 1875. A partner in the Midland Railroad[disambiguation needed], he also presided over operations of the Cannon Valley Railroad until his gubernatorial election in 1881.

Hubbard forcefully urged government intervention in public health, corrections, charities, railroads, agriculture, and commerce, and the legislature complied by increasing the state's regulatory and licensing powers. His second term lasted three years, in accordance with a state constitutional amendment to have state, county, and federal biennial elections all coincide.

He was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and the Sons of the American Revolution.

In 1887 Hubbard took over operations of yet another railroad. When America declared war against Spain in 1898, President William McKinley appointed the 62-year-old brigadier general of volunteers and asked him to oversee a military post in Florida. Two years later, Hubbard moved to St. Paul and then to Minneapolis, where he died at 77.

Hubbard County, Minnesota is named after him.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 162. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John S. Pillsbury
Governor of Minnesota
1882–1887
Succeeded by
Andrew Ryan McGill