James Wakefield

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James Beach Wakefield
8th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 7, 1876 – January 10, 1880
Governor Cushman Davis
John S. Pillsbury
Preceded by Alphonso Barto
Succeeded by Charles A. Gilman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by Horace B. Strait
Succeeded by John Lind
7th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Jared Benson
Succeeded by John Q. Farmer
Member of the Minnesota Senate
In office
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1825-03-21)March 21, 1825
Winsted, Connecticut
Died August 25, 1910(1910-08-25) (aged 85)
Blue Earth, Minnesota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nannette Reinhart
Profession lawyer, judge, politician

James Beach Wakefield (March 21, 1825 in Winsted, Connecticut – August 25, 1910) was a United States Representative from Minnesota.

He attended the public schools at Westfield, Massachusetts, and Jonesville, New York, graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut in 1846 and studied law in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Delphi, Indiana, in 1852. He moved to Shakopee, Minnesota, in 1854. He was first judge of the probate court of Faribault County, Minnesota.

He was elected as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1858, 1863, and 1866, serving as speaker in the session of 1866. He was elected as a member of the Minnesota State Senate 1867–1869. He was appointed receiver of the United States Land Office at Winnebago City Township, Minnesota, June 1, 1869, and served until January 15, 1875, when he resigned. He was the eighth Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota 1875–1877. He was elected as a Republican to the 48th and 49th congresses, (March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887).

He retired from public life and died at Blue Earth, Faribault County, Minnesota with interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Painesville, Ohio.


Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas H. Armstrong
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
Succeeded by
John Q. Farmer
Preceded by
Alphonso Barto
Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Charles A. Gilman
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Horace B. Strait
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district
Succeeded by
John Lind