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Gilbert A. PierceEighth Territorial Governor

  • Residence: Chicago, Illinois
  • Years Served: 1884-1886
  • Date of Inauguration: July 25, 1884
  • Age at Inauguration: 45
  • Politics: Republican
  • Born: East Otto, New York - January 11, 1839
  • Died: Chicago, Illinois - February 15, 1901

Political Background:

  • 1868: Indiana State Legislature
  • 1869-1872: Assistant Clerk of United States Senate
  • 1884-1886: Governor of Dakota Territory
  • 1889-1891: United States Senate
  • 1893: Minister to Portugal

Governor Gilbert Ashville Pierce served in the Civil War, practiced law for three years in Indiana, and entered the field of journalism. He served as editor of the Chicago Inter Ocean, and was editor of the Chicago News when he was appointed Dakota Territory governor by President Chester A. Arthur. In 1891 he returned to newspaper work, purchasing a half interest in the Minneapolis Tribune. He moved on to Chicago's Post Times and Herald in 1893.

Governor Pierce vetoed a bill to move the territorial capitol away from Bismarck. He also vetoed a measure that would have given women the power of the vote.

Governor Pierce was a professional journalist. He vetoed a women's suffrage bill for Dakota Territory.

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