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Saint Paul in Ramsey County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Alexander Ramsey House

 
 
Alexander Ramsey House marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, April 23, 2019
1. Alexander Ramsey House marker
Inscription.  Appointed by President Zachary Taylor in 1849, Alexander Ramsey came to Minnesota as the territory's first governor. Ramsey stayed in Minnesota for his remaining fifty-four years and, during a successful political career as a Whig and then a Republican, served as mayor of St. Paul, state governor, United States Senator, and Secretary of War in the cabinet of Rutherford B. Hayes. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Ramsey was the first Union governor to offer troops to President Abraham Lincoln.

This fifteen-room house of native limestone, typical of the elegant late Victorian period, was designed in a French Renaissance style by St. Paul architect Monroe Sheire. It had been under construction for four years by 1872, when Alexander and Anna Ramsey moved in. A focus for the political, cultural, and social life of Minnesota for nearly a century, the house was occupied by three generations of Ramseys, all of whom affectionately preserved the structure and its furnishings.

Behind the main house stands an ornate two-story wooden carriage house, reconstructed by the Minnesota Historical Society in 1970 from the original architectural
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By McGhiever, April 23, 2019
2. Alexander Ramsey House and marker
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plans preserved among Ramsey's papers. Once used to provide quarters for the groom, stalls for the horses and a cow, and storage for carriages and harness equipment, the carriage house now serves as a Visitors' Center.
 
Erected 1972 by The Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureGovernment & PoliticsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
 
Location. 44° 56.494′ N, 93° 6.237′ W. Marker is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker is at the intersection of Exchange Street South and Walnut Street, on the right when traveling west on Exchange Street South. Marker is on corner of lot just inside the fence. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 265 Exchange Street S, Saint Paul MN 55102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Irvine Park / Irvine Park Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freedom House Station 51 (about 600 feet away); The Saint Paul Public Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); James J. Hill / The James J. Hill House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Summit–Selby Neighborhood
The Alexander Ramsey House image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, March 2, 2015
3. The Alexander Ramsey House
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Rice Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); The James J. Hill Reference Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Market Street Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Paul.
 
Also see . . .  Alexander Ramsey House. (Submitted on April 25, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota.)
 
The reconstructed carriage house, starting point for house tours image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, April 23, 2019
4. The reconstructed carriage house, starting point for house tours
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 25, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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