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Cosgrove, Carson Nesbit "C.N."

Senate 1919-22 (District 17)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election

Counties Served:  Le Sueur

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 11/22/1853 (uncertain)
Birth Place: Westfield, New York
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: ??/??/1936
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: C.N.
City of Residence (when first elected): Le Sueur
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer/Stock Breeder, Purebred Herefords/Former Hardware Store Co-Owner with His Brother

EDUCATION

Westfield Public Schools, New York; At Least Elementary School;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Board/Commissioner: Le Sueur County, Minnesota (Agricultural Society, President, 15 years); 1??? to 1???
Municipal Mayor: Le Sueur, Minnesota (2 terms); 1??? to 1???
Municipal Council/Aldermen: Le Sueur, Minnesota (Alderman); 1??? to 1???
School Board/Administration: Le Sueur, Minnesota (Board of Education); 1??? to 1???
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota State Agricultural Society (25 years; Director, 14 of the 25 years; Secretary 4 of the 25 years; President, 6 of the 25 years); 188? to 19??
State Agency: Minnesota State Orphans School, Owatonna (Trustee); 1896 to 1??? [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Elizabeth E. Bradley (married in 1874)
Children: Four children: Robert Hugh (Co-founder, First Secretary, and Board of Directors Member of the Minnesota Valley Canning Company), and Edward "Ward" Bradley (President of the Board of the Minnesota Valley Canning Company when it became known as the Green Giant Company in 1950) (sons); Cora B., and Ethel C. (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Toensing lists his birth year as 1852. The Minnesota Historical Society on their W.W. Mayo House site lists 1853.

He was of Irish ancestry.

He moved to Wabasha, Minnesota in 1870 or 1871 and then moved to Le Sueur, Minnesota in April 1872.

He was one of the founders of the Minnesota Valley Canning Company (later to become the Green Giant Company) in 1903. He became a Board Member in 1905. He served as President of the Board from 1925-1929. He served as Chair of the Board from 1930-1936.

He helped to organize the Minnesota State Fair in the 1880s.

He died as a result of injuries from an automobile accident.

Total Days Served: 1408

SESSIONS SERVED

42nd Legislative Session (1921-1922) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 17
Elected: 2/18/1919
Residence: Le Sueur
Term of Office: 2/24/1919 to 1/1/1923 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Le Sueur
Occupation: Farmer/Stock Breeder, Purebred Herefords/Former Hardware Store Co-Owner with His Brother
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Banks and Banking
  • Drainage
  • Labor
  • Railroads
  • Soldiers Home
  • State and County Fairs
Session Notes: Carson Cosgrove (District 17) won the special election for a Senate seat on February 18, 1919, due to the death of Senator Harry F. Weis on January 8, 1919. It is unclear when he was sworn in but he began acting in the Senate on February 24, 1919.

41st Legislative Session (1919-1920)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 17
Elected: 2/18/1919
Residence: Le Sueur
Term of Office: 2/24/1919 to 1/1/1923 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Le Sueur
Occupation: Farmer/Stock Breeder, Purebred Herefords/Former Hardware Store Co-Owner with His Brother
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Banks and Banking
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Reconstruction and Relief
  • Towns and Counties
Session Notes: Carson Cosgrove (District 17) won the special election for a Senate seat on February 18, 1919, due to the death of Senator Harry F. Weis on January 8, 1919. It is unclear when he was sworn in but he began acting in the Senate on February 24, 1919.
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