Darwin Hall

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Saint Paul Globe, June 29, 1888

Darwin Scott Hall (January 23, 1844 – February 23, 1919) was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota. He was born in Mound Prairie, in the town of Wheatland, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, on January 23, 1844. Darwin was the son of Wisconsin State Assembly member Erasmus D. Hall.

Darwin moved with his parents to Waukau, Wisconsin, in Winnebago County, and in 1847 moved to Grand Rapids, Wisconsin. In 1856 Darwin attended the common schools being the local academy at Elgin, Illinois, and Markham Academy in Milwaukee, where he served as a private in Company K 42nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.

In 1866 Darwin settled near Birch Coulee, Renville County, Minnesota, and engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1868. He was auditor of Renville County from 1869 – 1873; clerk of the district court from 1873 – 1878; member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1876, and editor of the Renville Times, which he founded in 1876.

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

He was registered at the United States land office at Benson, Minnesota, from 1878 – 1886 and served in the Minnesota Senate in 1886. He became elected as a Republican to the 51st congress, from March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1891 and was not reelected in 1890 to the 52nd congress. Darwin went on to be appointed chairman of the Chippewa Indian Commission by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891 and served until 1893, and again in 1897. He was also delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892 and a member of the board of managers of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society from 1905 – 1910, and again a member of the state senate in 1906. He was 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. open access


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John L. MacDonald
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district
1889 – 1891
Succeeded by
Osee M. Hall