Anna Jenks Ramsey
Anna Jenks was visiting her father, Rep. Michael Jenks, at the capitol building in Washington, D.C., when she first met Alexander Ramsey, an up-and-coming congressman from Pennsylvania. The couple married in 1845 and lived in Washington and Pennsylvania until Ramsey was appointed Minnesota's first territorial governor by President Zachary Taylor.
The Ramseys arrived in Minnesota territory in 1849 with their first child, Alexander's brother, and a servant. Although Mrs. Ramsey once wrote she "would never want to winter again in St. Paul," the Ramseys spent most of their lives in Minnesota.
Their second child, William Henry, was born a year later. Only four months after that, their first child, Alexander Jenks, died at age four. William Henry lived for only 19 months. Daughter Marion was born in 1853.