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Minnesota State Capitol Mall

John Albert Johnson

St. Peter MN 1861 - Rochester MN 1909
16th Governor of Minnesota
Andrew O'Connor
Alexis Rudier Fondeur (Paris)

Saint Paul /  John Albert Johnson   Saint Paul /  John Albert Johnson


Bronze statue on granite pedestal with viking ship. The pedestal is flanked by two bronze figures on each side representing the industries of Minnesota: a miner, farmer, manufacturer and lumberjack



july 26 1861 sept 21 1901
three times governor of
a poor boy, a country
editor. a natural leader
cut off in his prime
the nation mourns his loss
his life was gentle and
the elements so mixed in
him, that nature might stand
up and say to all the world
this was a man

this monument is raised to
his memory by one hundred
thousand of his friends

Signed (all parts): a o connor
Alexis Rudier / Fondeur Paris


After Johnson's sudden death from cancer, $25,000 was raised to build this monument. No one could contribute more than $1 and nearly 100,000 people contributed, a testament to Johnson's popularity.


Sources & Information


  • Farmer
  • Governor
  • Johnson, John Albert
  • Lumberjack
  • Manufacturer
  • Miner
  • O'Connor, Andrew
  • Rudier Fondeur (Paris), Alexis
  • Statue
  • Location (N 44°57'16" - W 93°6'8")

    Item Code: usmn24; Photograph: 23 October 2010  / updated: 24 February 2018
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