Biography of The Hon. William Mitchell
Winona County, MN Biographies

HON. WILLIAM MITCHELL was born on the old Niagara peninsula, a few miles from the falls, on the Canada side, November 19, 1832. At sixteen years of age he entered Jefferson College, Pennsylvania; graduated in the class of 1853. and after spending two years in Virginia, teaching, entered the law office of Hon. E. C. Wilson, of Maynard, Virginia, and, completing his preparations for the bar, was admitted to the bar in the circuit court of eastern Virginia, at the spring term of 1857, and immediately located for practice in this city. Here he formed a law partnership with Hon. E. M. Wilson, now of Minneapolis. After the removal of his partner to Minneapolis Mr. Mitchell was associated in practice with the Hon. D. S. Norton, until that gentleman was elected to the United States senate. Mr. Mitchell then formed a partnership with Hon. W. H. Yale, of this city, which continued until 1873, when Mr. Mitchell was elected judge of the district court, for the third judicial district of this state, for the full term of seven years. Re-elected in 1880, Judge Mitchell resigned that position the following spring to accept the place on the supreme bench of the state, to which he was appointed by Gov. Pillsbury, on the increase of that judiciary from three to five members. This office he held until the election of 1882, when he was returned as associate justice of the supreme court for the full term. Though confining himself closely to the duties of his profession Mr. Wilson has frequently served as member of the city council; was county attorney one term, and a member of the state legislature session of 1859-60. Judge Mitchell's first wife dying in September, 1867, after ten years of wedded life, he again married in 1872. The judge's living children are three daughters and one son.

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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