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Ozora Pierson Stearns
Class of: 1860
 
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Ozora Pierson Stearns was a Senator from Minnesota.  Born in De Kalb, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., on January 15, 1831, he moved to Ohio in 1833 with his parents, who settled in Lake County.  He attended Oberlin (Ohio) College and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1858 and from the law department of that university in 1860.  He was admitted to the bar in 1860 and commenced practice in Rochester, Minn.  He was elected prosecuting attorney of Olmstead County in 1861 and mayor of Rochester, 1866-1868.  He served in the Union Army during the Civil War as a lieutenant, and then colonel.  He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on January 18, 1871, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Daniel S. Norton, served from January 23 to March 3, 1871, and was not a candidate for reelection.  He moved to Duluth, Minn., in 1872 and practiced law.  He served as judge of the eleventh judicial district of Minnesota, 1874-1895 and regent of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, 1890-1895.  He died in Pacific Beach, Calif., June 2, 1896.  His remains were cremated in Los Angeles and the ashes interred in Forest Hill Cemetery, Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.
 
--From The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
 
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