Attorney General, 1881 Election


Date: November 8, 1881
Cycle: 1881
Office: Attorney General
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
William J. Hahn Incumbent Man Republican 66,812 63.05 +29.14
George N. Baxter Man Democrat 35,936 33.91
Joseph McKnight Man Greenback 2,598 2.45
Alfred W. Bangs Man Prohibition 572 0.54

Hahn was an attorney in Lake City and former Wabasha County Attorney who was appointed by Governor John Pillsbury to the post of attorney general following the resignation of Charles Start in March 1881.

Baxter was a former Rice County Attorney.

McKnight was an attorney from LeRoy and candidate for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1886.

Bangs was also the Prohibition Party nominee for attorney general in 1879 and was later elected to the South Dakota Senate as a Democrat (1889-1890).


  • The Saint Paul Daily Globe, January 4, 1882 (p. 2).