Darwin Hall

Darwin Scott Hall (January 23, 1844 February 23, 1919) was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota; born in Mound Prairie, Town of Wheatland, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, January 23, 1844 (son of Erasmus D. Hall who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly); moved with his parents to Waukau, Wisconsin, in Winnebago County, in 1847, thence to Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, in 1856; attended the common schools, the local academy at Elgin, Illinois, and Markham Academy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin served as a private in Company K, 42nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment, during the Civil War; settled near Birch Coulee, Renville County, Minnesota, in 1866 and engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1868; auditor of Renville County 1869 1873; clerk of the district court 1873 1878; member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1876; editor of the Renville Times, which he founded in 1876.

His parents both died in 1878 of yellow fever in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.[1]

He was register of the United States land office at Benson, Minnesota, 1878 1886; served in the Minnesota Senate in 1886; elected as a Republican to the 51st congress, (March 4, 1889 March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the 52nd congress; appointed chairman of the Chippewa Indian Commission by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891 and served until 1893 and again in 1897; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; member of the board of managers of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society 1905 1910; again a member of the state senate in 1906; engaged in agricultural pursuits near Olivia, Renville County, Minnesota, until his death there on February 23, 1919;[2] interment in Olivia Cemetery.


  1. Our Own Reporter. "Fell Victims: Death of Pioneer Couple of this County in Mississippi" Oshkosh Daily Northwestern October 2, 1878
  2. "Former Congressman Dies". Belvidere Daily Republican. February 24, 1919. p. 3. Retrieved February 26, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John L. MacDonald
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district
1889 1891
Succeeded by
Osee M. Hall
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