Ozora P. Stearns
|Ozora Pierson Stearns|
|United States Senator |
January 23, 1871 – March 4, 1871
|Preceded by||William Windom|
|Succeeded by||William Windom|
|Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota|
|Preceded by||J. V. Daniels|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Heaney|
January 15, 1831|
De Kalb, New York
June 2, 1896 (aged 65)|
Pacific Beach, California
University of Michigan
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
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.
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. 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.
- Stuhler, Barbara (1995). "Organizing for the vote. Leaders of Minnesota's Woman Suffrage Movement" (PDF). collections.MNhs.org. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
- United States Congress. "Ozora P. Stearns (id: S000824)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
| U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Minnesota
Served alongside: Alexander Ramsey
| Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota
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