MARSHALL, William Rainey, governor of Minnesota, was born near Columbia, Mo., Oct. 17, 1825; son of Joseph and Abigail Black (Shaw) Marshall; grandson of David and Sarah (Graham) Marshall, and of Samuel Shaw, a native of Ireland, who settled in Cumberland-county, Pa., 1767, served in the Revolutionary war and removed to Bourbon county, Ky., in 1795, and to Quincy, Ill., in 1829. His first ancestor in America, Joseph Marshall, a native of Ireland, of Scotch descent, settled in Cumberland county, Pa., before 1750. His father removed to Quincy, Ill., in 1830, and he attended the public schools. He worked with his brother in the Galena lead mines in Wisconsin, 1842-47. In June, 1847, having acquired some capital, he removed to St. Croix Falls, Wis. Ter., afterward Minnesota, and engaged in the survey of public lands. He was elected a representative in the Wisconsin legislature, 1848, but on account of a change of boundaries did not take his seat. He removed to St. Anthony's Falls in 1848, and with his brother Joseph established the first store in what became Minneapolis, Minn., and he represented his district in the territorial legislature in 1849. He was married, March 22, 1854, to Abby Elliot, daughter of George and Chloe (Sweeting) Langford of Utica, N.Y. He engaged in banking at St. Paul, Minn., 1855-57, and in January, 1861, established with J. A. Wheelock, the St. Paul Daily Press, and conducted it until August, 1862. In 1862 he enlisted in the 7th Minnesota volunteer infantry, was commissioned lieutenant-colonel and engaged in subduing the Sioux Indians, 1862-63. He was promoted colonel and commanded the 3d brigade, 1st division, Army of the Tennessee at the battle of Nashville, Dec. 15-16, 1864, and was wounded at the siege of Mobile. He was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious conduct during the war. He returned to St. Paul, and was governor of Minnesota, 1865-69. He was a railroad commissioner for Minnesota, 1874-81. He died in Pasadena, Cal., April 4, 1895.
Father: Joseph M. MARSHALL b: ABT 1785 in Kentucky
Mother: Abigail Black SHAW b: 19 FEB 1784 in Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA
Marriage 1 Abigail Elliot LANGFORD b: 3 MAY 1826 in Oneida Co., NY
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