Baxter, Luther Loren
Age: 29, credited to Cornwall, VTVITALS
Birth: 06/08/1832, Cornwall, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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Baxter, Luther Loren, of Fergus Falls, Minn., son of Chauncey and Philena (Peet) Baxter, was born in Cornwall, June 8, 1832.
He received his education at the district schools of his native town, supplemented by private tuition, a year at Castleton Seminary and a two years course at Norwich University. Commencing the study of the law at nineteen years of age under Lindsley & Beckwith, and concluding his studies with Judge Horatio Seymour, he removed to Illinois in the fall of 1853 and was there admitted to the bar in March 1854. Locating at Geneva, Wis., he practiced his profession successfully until 1857 when he removed to Carver County, Minn., and resumed the practice of his profession which he continued, except during his enlistment, until 1885; from 1876 to 1882 at Minneapolis and since 1882 at Fergus Falls, where he still resides.
Judge Baxter enlisted in September 1861, as captain of Co. A, 4th Minn. Vol. Infantry and was assigned with two companies to the command of Fort Ridley; remaining there until March 1862, he rejoined his regiment at Fort Snelling and was promoted to the rank of major. In April 1862, he was ordered South with his regiment, where he participated in many battles, but owing to sickness was compelled to resign in October 1862. Re-entering the service in November 1864, as major of the 1st Minn. Heavy Artillery, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in February 1865, and commissioned colonel the same year and participated in the battle of Nashville. He was elected to the state Senate in the fall elections and was granted leave of absence to take his seat. Returning to the army in March 1865, he was assigned to duty as chief of artillery of Chattanooga, remaining with his regiment until mustered out of service in October, 1865.
Judge Baxter is a staunch Democrat, and as such has held many positions of honor and trust; was judge of probate for Carver county in 1858; prosecuting attorney for the 4th judicial district, 1859; county attorney of Scott county, 1863; senator from Scott county, 1865-'69; member of the House from Carver County, 1869; senator from 1869 to 1876; county attorney of Carver county, 1877-'79, and member of the Legislature, 1879-'81. At the hands of the Republican Governor Hubbard, he received the appointment of judge of the 7th judicial district, in March, 1885, to fill an unexpired term, and was elected to the same position for a term of six years at the elections of 1886, notwithstanding the fact that the district cast a Republican majority of 3, 500; re-elected at the last election without opposition, he still holds the position.
He has been a Master Mason for thirty-eight years and is now a member of the Scottish Rites; affiliated with the Loyal Legion and is prominent with the local GAR, being a trustee of the Soldiers' Home.
Judge Baxter was first united in marriage to Emma Ward. She died in June 1870. He formed a second alliance with Barbara Deuhs, who died in March 1881. He again married in November 1883, Hilda Emma, daughter of Lewis and Emma M. Child. He has only two children: Chauncey Luther, and Bertha.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 12.
PIONEER JUDGE IS DEAD
Luther L. Baxter, eighty-three years of age, who was judge of the district court, Seventh District, from 1885 to 1910, died of apoplexy at Fergus Falls. Judge Baxter was a lieutenant colonel in Minnesota Heavy Artillery during the Civil War. He was a senator from Scott County, 1865-1868, and a member of the house for many years.
New Ulm (MN) Review, May 26, 1915
Courtesy of Deanna French.