Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1864 Election


Date: November 8, 1864
Cycle: 1864
Office: Supreme Court Associate Justice
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Samuel J.R. (S.J.R.) McMillan Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 24,994 29.53 +9.03
John M. (J.M.) Berry Man Nonpartisan 24,951 29.48 +8.98
Edward O. (E.O.) Hamlin Man Nonpartisan 17,351 20.50
Eli Wilder Man Nonpartisan 17,345 20.49

Associate Justice McMillian was elected to a second term. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Stephen Miller following the resignation of Charles Flandrau on July 1, 1864. McMillan was a First Judicial District Judge from St. Paul.

Berry was an attorney from Faribault, Territorial Representative (HD 08, 1857), candidate for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1857, and sitting state Senator (SD 08, 1863-1865).

Hamlin was an attorney, the first Mayor of St. Cloud, former Judge of the Fourth District Court (1858), Democratic nominee for Governor in 1861, candidate for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1871, and candidate for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1869.

Wilder was an attorney from Red Wing, former Judge of the Court of Common Please in Ohio, and Democratic nominee for the 2nd CD in 1876.


  • Journal of the House of Representatives of the Seventh Session of the Legislature of the State of Minnesota, 1865 (p. 17).