ARMSTRONG, Moses Kimball, a Delegate from the Territory of Dakota; born in Milan, Erie County, Ohio,
September 19, 1832; attended Huron Institute and Western Reserve College, Cleveland, Ohio;
moved to the Territory of Minnesota in 1856; elected surveyor of Mower County, and assigned to
survey the United States lands in 1858; moved to Yankton, then a small Indian village, in Dakota
Territory, when Minnesota Territory was admitted as a State; was a member of the first Territorial
house of representatives in 1861; reelected in 1862 and 1863, serving as speaker in 1863; edited the
Dakota Union in 1864; appointed clerk of the supreme court in 1865; elected to the Territorial council
in 1866 and in 1867 was chosen president; acted as secretary of the Indian peace commission in
1867; established the great meridian and standard lines for United States surveys in southern Dakota
and in the northern Red River Valley; again elected to the Territorial council, in 1869; elected as a
Democrat to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875);
unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; moved to St. James,
Watonwan County, Minn., and engaged in banking and in the real estate business; died in Albert Lea,
Minn., on January 11, 1906; interment in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
BibliographyFleetwood, Mary. Moses K. Armstrong. North Dakota History 28 (Winter 1961): 13-22.