William H. Welch (judge)

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William H. Welch
William H Welch, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Minnesota Territory.gif
4th Chief Justice of the
Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court
In office
April 7, 1853 – May 24, 1858
Appointed by
Preceded byHenry Z. Hayner
Succeeded byLaFayette Emmett
in the Minnesota Supreme Court
Personal details
Born(1805-06-01)June 1, 1805
Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
DiedJanuary 23, 1863(1863-01-23) (aged 57)
Red Wing, Minnesota, USA
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery, Red Wing, Minnesota, USA
44°33′16″N 92°31′20″W / 44.5544°N 92.5223°W / 44.5544; -92.5223Coordinates: 44°33′16″N 92°31′20″W / 44.5544°N 92.5223°W / 44.5544; -92.5223[1]
Alma mater

William Henry Welch, Sr. (June 1, 1805 – January 23, 1863)[1] was an American jurist.

Born in Litchfield, Connecticut, Welch graduated from Yale University and Yale Law School. He moved to Minnesota Territory in 1850 and settled in St. Anthony (now Minneapolis). Welch served as a Justice of the Peace. From 1853 to 1858, Welch served as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court as appointed by President Pierce. Welch was reappointed for another term by President Buchanan, but his term ended when Minnesota became a State. He moved to Red Wing, Minnesota in 1858 and died there.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Mookie (2012-06-12). "William Henry Welch, Sr". Find A Grave.
  2. ^ "Biographies of the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court". Minnesota State Law Library. Archived from the original on 2016-01-26. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  3. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historical Significance. Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. 17. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. pp. 209–210. ISBN 9780873510516. LCCN 71095570. OCLC 1042140034. OL 5754848M.