1815 On Sept. 8, Alexander Ramsey is born in Pennsylvania, the eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Kelker Ramsey. His brothers and sisters are Elizabeth, Margaret, Henry, Justus and Catherine.
1826 On June 17, Anna Earl Jenks, daughter of Michael Hutchinson Jenks and Mary Ridgeway Jenks is born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
1834-1835 Alexander Ramsey attends Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
1837 Ramsey studies law at the John Reed School that later becomes Dickinson Law School in Carlisle, Penn. He graduates in 1839.
1840 Ramsey is admitted to the Pennsylvania bar and practices law in Harrisburg. He serves as delegate to the Whig party national convention.
1841 Ramsey is appointed chief clerk of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
1843 Ramsey is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving in the 28th & 29th Congress until 1847.
1845 Anna Jenks visits her father, Rep. Michael Jenks at the U.S. Capitol, and meets Alexander Ramsey. The couple marries on Sept. 10.
1846 Son Alexander Jenks Ramsey is born May 30.
1849 Ramsey is appointed governor of the Minnesota Territory. On May 27, he arrives in St. Paul with his family. The Ramseys stay with Henry and Sarah Sibley in Mendota for one month. Alexander also becomes the first president of the Minnesota Historical Society in 1849.
1849-1853 Alexander Ramsey serves as governor of the new Minnesota Territory.
1850 The first Alexander Ramsey House is built. The Ramseys' second son, William Henry, is born March 30. On July 28, their first son, "Sonny," dies.
1851 Alexander Ramsey serves as U.S. Commissioner for three Indian treaties: Traverse des Sioux, Mendota and Pembina. William Henry Ramsey dies on November 1.
1853 The U.S. Senate investigates Ramsey's negotiation of Indian treaties. Daughter Marion Ramsey is born on March 29.
1855 Ramsey is elected mayor of St. Paul.
1857 He loses election for Minnesota's first state governor to Democrat Henry H. Sibley.
1858 Minnesota becomes a state.
1859-1863 Ramsey is elected Governor of Minnesota on the Republican ticket; he serves from 1860 to 1863.
1861 Ramsey pledges 1,000 Minnesota men to defend the Union two days after Fort Sumter is attacked by the South.
1862 After years of tension between settlers and Indians, the U.S.-Dakota War breaks out. Several factors had led to the war, including unkept promises by the government, nefarious practices by nearby fur traders and a crop failure in 1861. On Dec. 26, 38 Indians are executed.
1863-1875 Alexander Ramsey is elected to the U.S. Senate on the Republican ticket. He serves in the 38th-43rd Congresses until 1875. He is also the U.S. Commissioner for Indian treaties with the Chippewa, Red Lake and Pembina bands.
1868 Anna Ramsey inherits from her father. The first Alexander Ramsey House is moved across the street and added to Horace and Cornelia Bigelow's home. Construction of the current Ramsey House then begins.
1869-1870 Anna Ramsey and daughter Marion toured Europe.
1872 During the summer, Anna Ramsey visits a New York department store and purchases enough furnishings to fill two boxcars. A train carries them back to her St. Paul home. The family and their servants move into the "mansion House" at 265 Exchange Street.
1875 The Ramseys' daughter Marion marries Charles Eliot Furness in the Ramsey House parlor. Marion and Charles move to Philadelphia.
1876 The first granddaughter, Anna Earl Ramsey Furness, is born.
1877 The first grandson, Alexander Ramsey Furness, is born.
1878 President and Mrs. Hayes visit the Ramseys and the state fair. Plans change at the last minute, and President and Mrs. Hayes dine at the Ramsey House.
1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes appoints Ramsey as Secretary of War. He serves from December 1879 to March 1881. A second grandson, Charles Eliot Furness Jr., is born.
1880 Charles Eliot Furness Jr., dies. Alexander Ramsey is an unsuccessful Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.
1881 Justus Ramsey, Alexander's brother, commits suicide.
1882 Alexander Ramsey is appointed Chairman of the Utah Commission by President James A. Garfield. He serves until 1886. Charles Furness is hospitalized due to mental illness. Marion Ramsey Furness returns to St. Paul with her children, and daughter Laura is born in the Ramsey House.
1884 Anna Ramsey dies on Nov. 29. Sophie Carlson, a Ramsey servant for 12 years, inherits $1,000. Marion Furness takes over as mistress of the house.
1889 Annie Robertson is hired as cook for the Ramsey - Furness family.
1891 Alexander Ramsey is elected President of the Minnesota Historical Society and serves until his death in 1903.
1903 Alexander Ramsey dies on April 22.
1907 Charles Eliot Furness dies on January 22 in Rochester, Minnesota.
1926 Dedicated cook Annie Robertson dies. Her funeral services are held in the Ramsey House library.
1935 Marion Ramsey Furness dies on Nov. 1.
1959 Laura Furness dies of cancer.
1964 Anna Furness, the last surviving Ramsey family member, dies, willing the Ramsey house to the Minnesota Historical Society.