On This Date In Twin Cities History - May 20, 1876

On this date in 1876, General Willis A. Gorman passes away at the age of 60.  Gorman, a Democrat, was appointed the the second Territorial Governor of Minnesota by President Franklin Pierce and served from May 15, 1853, to April 23, 1857.  During his term, Gorman orchestrated an unsuccessful plan to move the capital of the territory from St. Paul to St. Peter, where he owned land that would have been suitable for use as the new capitol grounds. The plan was sidetracked when legislator Joe Rolette disappeared with the bill, not returning until it was too late to pass.