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Dakota Territory's at-large congressional district

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Dakota Territory, 1861-1889
Dakota Territory, 1861-1889

Dakota Territory's at-large congressional district is an obsolete congressional district that encompassed the entire Dakota Territory prior to admission to the Union. The district elected a delegate to the United States Congress.

From 1861 to 1889, Dakota Territory (which later became the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, and parts of Idaho, Wyoming, and Nebraska) sent a single non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives.

Over time, parts of the Territory were divided into Idaho Territory, Wyoming Territory, and Nebraska Territory. On November 2, 1889, the remaining Territory was split between the new states of North Dakota and South Dakota.

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List of delegates representing the district

Party Years Cong
Electoral history

John Blair Smith Todd
Democratic December 9, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
37th Elected in 1861.
Lost re-election (later contested)
William Jayne.jpg

William Jayne
([data unknown/missing])
Unknown March 4, 1863 –
June 17, 1864
38th Elected in 1862.
Lost election contest.

John Blair Smith Todd
Democratic June 17, 1864 –
March 3, 1865
Won election contest.
Lost re-election.
Walter A. Burleigh (Dakota Territory Congressman).jpg

Walter A. Burleigh
([data unknown/missing])
Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1869
[data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
Solomon L. Spink - Brady-Handy.jpg

Solomon Lewis Spink
Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
41st [data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
Hon. Moses K. Armstrong, Dakota - NARA - 529351.jpg

Moses K. Armstrong
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
Elected in 1870.
Re-elected in 1872.
Lost re-election.
Jefferson P. Kidder.jpg

Jefferson P. Kidder
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
Elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Lost renomination.
Granville G. Bennett (Dakota Territory Congressman).jpg

Granville G. Bennett
([data unknown/missing])
Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
46th Elected in 1878.

Richard F. Pettigrew
(Sioux Falls)
Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
47th Elected in 1880.
Lost re-election.
John B. Raymond (Dakota Territory Congressman).jpg

John B. Raymond
Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th Elected in 1882.
Lost renomination.
Oscar Sherman Gifford.jpg

Oscar S. Gifford
Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
Elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
George A. Mathews
Republican March 4, 1889 –
November 2, 1889
51st Elected in 1888.
District abolished upon statehood.


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