Stephen Douglas proposes a bill for the creation of the Minnesota Territory.*
Douglas was born in Vermont, and spent his early years there. When he was able, he migrated west and settled in Illinois. Within a year of moving west wrote is relatives back in Vermont saying,”I have become a Western man, have imbibed Western feelings principles and interests…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_A._Douglas His political principles meshed nicely with the free-spirited populism of the west.
Thanks for the idea of the state of Minnesota, and that Stephen Douglas made the effort to propose this bill! Thanks that we are the recipients of the efforts of so many that have come before, whether Native or settlers!