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This week in state history


July 12, 2019

Historic Minnesota events that took place July 12-18.

July 12

1829 Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Taylor ends his command at Fort Snelling, which had begun May 24, 1828. He would later lead the U.S. Army in the war against Mexico, and “Old Rough and Ready” would ride that fame to the White House. Taylor is the only president to have spent a significant amount of time in Minnesota.

July 13

1787 Congress passes the Northwest Ordinance. Authored by Thomas Jefferson, it set up the rules of government for the Northwest Territory of the United States, which included present-day Minnesota east o...

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