Dakota Datebook

Gilbert A. Pierce

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Gilbert A. Pierce began his first term as a United States Senator representing the newly admitted state of North Dakota on this day in 1889. The Republican Senator had served as Governor of Dakota Territory from 1884 to 1886 before his appointment as Senator. He was born in East Otto, New York on January 11, 1839. After living in Indiana for a time, Pierce attended the University of Chicago Law School. Upon graduation, he served in the Civil War before serving in the Indiana State House of Representatives. After his single term as North Dakota’s Senator, Pierce was appointed Minister to Portugal in 1893. Although better known today for his political career, Pierce spent the majority of his life working as a newspaper editor and author. He edited the Chicago Inter-Ocean paper, the Chicago News, and owned and edited the Minneapolis Tribune before his death in 1901.


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