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Louis K. ChurchNinth Territorial Governor

  • Residence: Huron, Dakota Territory
  • Years Served: 1887-1889
  • Date of Inauguration: February 17, 1887
  • Age at Inauguration: 40
  • Politics: Democrat
  • Born: Brooklyn, New York - December 11, 1846
  • Died: Juneau, Alaska - November 25, 1897

Political Background:

  • 1882-1883: New York State Legislature
  • 1887-1889: Governor of Dakota Territory

Louis Kossuth Church was the first Democratic governor of Dakota Territory. His political career began in 1882, in the New York state legislature, where he and Republican Theodore Roosevelt became friends and allies. Together these two young legislators helped then New York Governor Grover Cleveland defeat the forces of Tammany Hall.

When Cleveland became president, he remembered Church's political assistance. He appointed Church judge of the Third District of Dakota Territory in 1885. Two years later, he appointed Church governor of Dakota Territory. Church remained in office until Cleveland was succeeded by Harrison as president.

As New York state legislators, Louis Church and Theodore Roosevelt helped (then) Governor Grover Cleveland defeat Tammany Hall.

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