Charles B. Lowell, one of the Dakota county pioneers, was born in Chautauqua county, New York, October 2d, 1829.
He was educated at Predonia Academy, and in 1851, Studied law with F. A. Madison of Fredonia, but decided to adopt
civil engineering. He served in that capacity next year on the Buffalo and State Line railroad. In 1853, went south
and taught in Kentucky and Tennessee. Coming thence to St. Paul, Minnesota, early in 1855, serving in the city
survey for a short time, then came to Hastings. He was the first city surveyor of Hastings, elected in 1856. Was
elected county surveyor, 1863, and re-elected five consecutive terms on the republican ticket, though the county
was largely democratic. He is at present engaged in engineering and agricultural pursuits and is agent for the
Northwestern Endowment and Legacy Association; is a fluent speaker and well versed in the politics of the day.
Married in 1857 to Mary G. Crane of his native county. Their children are Arthur J. and Charles S.
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Dakota County, MN
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