Ozora P. Stearns

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Ozora Pierson Stearns
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
January 23, 1871 – March 4, 1871
Preceded by William Windom
Succeeded by William Windom
Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota
In office
Preceded by J. V. Daniels
Succeeded by Daniel Heaney
Personal details
Born (1831-01-15)January 15, 1831
De Kalb, New York
Died June 2, 1896(1896-06-02) (aged 65)
Pacific Beach, California
Political party Republican
Alma mater Oberlin College
University of Michigan
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Union Army
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Battles/wars American Civil War

Ozora Pierson Stearns (January 15, 1831 – June 2, 1896) was an American politician.

Early years[edit]

He moved to Ohio in 1833 with his parents, who settled in Lake County, Ohio.


He attended Oberlin College, later graduating from the University of Michigan in 1858 and from the law department of that university in 1860. He was admitted to the bar in 1860 and commenced practice in Rochester, Minnesota.


He was elected prosecuting attorney of Olmsted County, Minnesota in 1861 and served as mayor of Rochester from 1866-1868. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War as a first lieutenant in the 9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment and later as colonel of the 39th United States Colored Infantry. He led the latter regiment at the Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864. He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate from Minnesota on January 18, 1871, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Daniel S. Norton, temporarily occupied by William Windom. He from January 23, 1871 until March 4, 1871 in the 41st Congress. Later he was a judge of the eleventh judicial district of Minnesota 1874 – 1895 and a regent of the University of Minnesota 1890 – 1895.

Personal life[edit]

Stearns married Sarah Burger Stearns, the first president of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association. They moved to California in 1894 because of his failing health.[1] He died in Pacific Beach, California on June 2, 1896. His remains were cremated in Los Angeles, California, and the ashes interred in Forest Hill Cemetery, Duluth, Minnesota.


  1. ^ Stuhler, Barbara (1995). "Organizing for the vote. Leaders of Minnesota's Woman Suffrage Movement" (PDF). collections.MNhs.org. Retrieved September 11, 2017.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
William Windom
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Minnesota
Served alongside: Alexander Ramsey
Succeeded by
William Windom
Political offices
Preceded by
Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota
Succeeded by