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John Pillsbury

Photograph of John Pillsbury
Title: Photograph of John Pillsbury
Type: Photograph
Date: ca. 1888
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: John Pillsbury (1827-1901) became governor of Minnesota during the Grasshopper Plagues of the 1870s. He encouraged non-government organizations to provide aid for the farmers were who affected. Pillsbury was also committed to the University of Minnesota. He donated money, personal time, and property to keep the University intact.
Advertisement for Pillsbury's Hardware Store
Title: Advertisement for Pillsbury's Hardware Store
Type: Advertisement
Date: 1871
Source: Minneapolis and St. Anthony City Directory

Description: This advertisement promoting Pillsbury's hardware store appeared in the city directory.
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Resolution From the University
Title: Resolution From the University
Type: Document
Date: no date
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: In recognition of Pillsbury's years of service to the University of Minnesota, the alumni passed this resolution thanking him for his work.
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Letter From a Farmer to Pillsbury
Title: Letter From a Farmer to Pillsbury
Type: Letter
Date: 1877
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: During the Grasshopper Plagues of the 1870s, many farmers wrote to the Governor for help. This is a letter from a farmer and Methodist minister whose family was suffering from the effects of the plague.
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Article About Pillsbury's Inauguration
Title: Article About Pillsbury's Inauguration
Type: Newspaper
Date: January 1876
Source: St. Paul Daily Pioneer Press

Description: This article appeared in the St. Paul Daily Pioneer Press to describe the speech that Governor Pillsbury presented upon taking office.
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Obituary Notice
Title: Obituary Notice
Type: Newspaper
Date: October 24, 1901
Source: St. Paul Weekly Dispatch

Description: Obituary of John S. Pillsbury, printed in the St. Paul Weekly Dispatch on October 24, 1901.
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