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Bassett, Joel B.

Territorial Council 1857 (District 11)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Carver, Davis (defunct), Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: ??/??/1817
Birth Place: Wolfboro, New Hampshire
Birth County: Carroll
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: ??/??/1912
Gender: Male
Religion: Quaker
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Minneapolis
Occupation (when first elected): Lumberman

EDUCATION

New Hampshire Country Schools; Elementary School;
New Hampshire Academy; Secondary; 2 Years

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Board/Commissioner: Hennepin County, Minnesota (County Commissioner, One of the First Ones); 1852 to 185? [Appointed]
Judge: Hennepin County, Minnesota (Probate Judge, First One in Hennepin County); 1852 to 1??? [Elected]
Municipal Mayor: St. Anthony, Minnesota; 1857 to 1857 [Elected]
U.S. Executive Branch: Minnesota (Chippewa Indian Agent, Appointed by President Andrew Johnson); 1865 to 1869 [Appointed]
Municipal Council/Aldermen: Minneapolis, Minnesota (Council Member, 5th Ward); 04/09/1872 to 04/06/1874 [Elected]
Municipal Council/Aldermen: Minneapolis, Minnesota (Council Member, 5th Ward); 04/03/1877 to 04/01/1878 [Elected]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Miss Carpenter (she died in 1892)
Children: One child: W.L. (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Daniel Bassett, Jr.  - Brother

GENERAL NOTES

He was of French ancestry.

He moved to Maine when he came of age and worked at lumbering in the pineries and mills for about twelve years. He came to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1849. He moved to St. Anthony, Minnesota in 1850.

He sold his farm in 1856.

"He was one of the original Republicans of St. Anthony." (Holcombe, R.I. Minnesota in Three Centuries, Vol. 2.)

"Judge Bassett was one of the notable band, who met in St. Anthony in 1856 and organized the Republican party in Minnesota." (Atwater, Isaac. History of the City of Minneapolis, Vol. 1, 1893, p. 541.)

He was an unsuccessful Whig Party candidate for the Minnesota Territorial Council in the 1854 and 1855 elections.

Religion provided by Atwater, Isaac. History of the City of Minneapolis, Vol. 1, 1893.

Total Days Served: 329

SESSIONS SERVED

8th Territorial Legislative Session (1857)

  Session Details
Body: Territorial Council
District: 11
Elected: 1/7/1857
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/7/1857 to 12/1/1857 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Carver, Davis (defunct), Hennepin
Occupation: Lumberman
Party: Republican Party Notes: "He was one of the original Republicans of St. Anthony." (Holcombe, R.I. Minnesota in Three Centuries, Vol. 2.) "Judge Bassett was one of the notable band, who met in St. Anthony in 1856 and organized the Republican party in Minnesota." (Atwater, Isaac. History of the City of Minneapolis, Vol. 1, 1893, p. 541.)
Committees:
  • Printing (Chair)
  • Territorial Affairs
  • Territorial Roads
Session Notes: His official term start date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the first day of the 1857 territorial session. His official election date is uncertain. He was elected to finish the term of D.M. Hanson who died while in office. The date listed is the first day of the 1857 territorial session.
No other information has been entered for this legislator.