Saturday, December 3, 2005
Burleigh F. Spaulding was born in Vermont on this date in 1853. He was a congressman from North Dakota from 1899 to 1905 and later served on the ND Supreme Court.
Spaulding was one of the commissioners appointed to select a new location for the capitol of Dakota Territory after it was spirited away from Yankton. In Dakota Territory History, Weston Goodspeed wrote: “Acting upon the hypothesis that rivalry among the different cities wanting the capitol would secure a liberal donation, the bill provided that the commission should receive a grant of not less than 160 acres of land for a site, and one hundred thousand dollars in cash for the erection of buildings, from the city where the capital was to be located…On the 2nd of June  the commissioners decided in favor of Bismarck…, the 4,000 people of that city offering a cash donation of one hundred thousand dollars and a grant of 320 acres of land.”
Source: Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, LL. B., Editor in Chief. The Province and the States: Vol VI. 1904: pages 295-306.
Dakota Datebook written by Merry Helm