Born in Luxembourg, Baasen studied law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then moved to New Ulm, Minnesota. Baasen served in the Minnesota Territorial House of Representatives in 1857. He also served in the Minnesota Constitutional Convention of 1857. He was then elected the first Secretary of State of Minnesota and served 1858-1860. During the American Civil War, Baasen served in the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. Baasen served in the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1872. He died in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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