Biography of Samuel Edwin Colton
Winona County, MN Biographies

SAMUEL EDWIN COLTON, born in Ellsworth, New Hampshire, September 19, 1821. His father, Samuel Colton, was a descendant of Rev. John Colton, one of the first ministers of Boston. Mr. Colton was educated in a high school. His youth was spent on a farm until the age of eighteen, when he went to sea and spent seven years as a sailor, when he went into a foundry and learned the trade of moulder. In 1847 he married Miss Sarah A. Roberts, a native of Maine. Nine children have been born to them, seven of whom are still living, six sons and one daughter. In the spring of 1852 he joined the "Western Farm and Village Association" and removed to Minnesota, where they arrived May 3, 1852, near the present location of Minnesota City, where he has remained ever since engaged in farming. At the organization of Winona county Mr. Colton was elected judge of probate, justice of the peace and one of the assessors, and is one of the justices of the peace at the present time, and has served as a member of the school board about half the time since his arrival here in 1852. Mr. Cotton is a member of the I. O. O. F., also chief templar of the I. O. G. T. Up to 1861 Mr. Colton was in politics a democrat, since that time he has been a republican.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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