Charles H. Berry

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Charles H. Berry
1st Minnesota Attorney General
In office
Succeeded by Gordon E. Cole
Member of the Minnesota Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1823-09-12)September 12, 1823
Westerly, Rhode Island
Died August 21, 1900(1900-08-21) (aged 76)

Charles Henry Berry (September 12, 1823 – August 21, 1900) was the first Minnesota Attorney General after statehood, from 1858 to 1860. He also served in the Minnesota Senate 1874-1876.[1]

Born in Westerly, Rhode Island, Berry was educated in Caton, New York and was admitted to the New York Bar. In 1855, he moved to Winona, Minnesota, where he served on the local school board and was instrumental in establishing the state's first teachers' college, which is known today as Winona State University. In 1888, President Grover Cleveland appointed Berry as a territorial judge in Idaho Territory. He served as a territorial judge until Idaho was admitted to the union in 1890.[2]


  1. ^ Charles H. Berry
  2. ^ 'Historical Sketches and Notes, Winona State Normal School,' Clyde Orval Kroeger, Jones & Kroeger Company: 1910, Biographical Sketch of Charles H. Berry, pg. 197
Legal offices
Preceded by
LaFayette Emmett
Minnesota Attorney General
Succeeded by
Gordon E. Cole