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Dwight M. Sabin

Dwight May Sabin
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 4, 1889
Preceded by William Windom
Succeeded by William D. Washburn
9th Chair of the Republican National Committee
In office
Preceded by Marshall Jewell
Succeeded by B. F. Jones
Personal details
Born (1843-04-25)April 25, 1843
Marseilles, Illinois
Died December 22, 1902(1902-12-22) (aged 59)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Military service
Service/branch Union Army
Battles/wars American Civil War

Dwight May Sabin (April 25, 1843 – December 22, 1902) was an American politician who served as U.S. Senator from Minnesota and in the Minnesota Legislature.

Life and career

Sabin was born in 1843 in Marseilles, Illinois to Horace Carver Sabin and Maria Elizabeth Webster. In 1857 his family moved back to his grandfather's farm in Windham, Connecticut after both of his parents had become ill and unable to manage their own farm. He briefly attended Phillips Academy studying civil engineering and mathematics but left school during the American Civil War. He acted as a quartermaster's clerk with the United States Treasury and as an aide attached to a cavalry brigade. After his father died in 1864 he was discharged and returned to Connecticut to manage his family's farm.[1][2]

In 1867 his doctor suggested Sabin relocate for the sake of his health. He moved to Minnesota, settling in Stillwater, Minnesota and becoming involved in different lumber and manufacturing interests. In 1870 he was first elected to the Minnesota Senate. Over the next 12 years he won election to both the Minnesota Senate and Minnesota House of Representatives a total of six times.[2] In 1883 he was elected to the United States Senate from Minnesota. He served from March 4, 1883, to March 4, 1889 in the 48th, 49th, and 50th congresses and was involved in legislation regarding railroads, veterans pensions and the development of the Soo Locks (where one lock is named in his honor). He also served as the chair of the Republican National Committee from 1883 to 1884.[1]

In 1888 he was not renominated by his party and returned to his business pursuits. Sabin died on December 22, 1902 in Chicago, Illinois. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater, Minnesota.[3]

He is the namesake of the city of Sabin, Minnesota.[4]


  1. ^ a b Smalley, Eugene Virgil (1896). A history of the Republican party from its organization to the present time: to which is added a political history of Minnesota from a Republican point of view and biographical sketches of leading Minnesota Republicans. p. 323. 
  2. ^ a b "Sabin, Dwight May — Legislator Record". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. 
  3. ^ "Dwight May Sabin (1843-1902)". Find A Grave. 
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 118. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
William Windom
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Minnesota
Served alongside: Samuel J. R. McMillan, Cushman K. Davis
Succeeded by
William D. Washburn
Party political offices
Preceded by
Marshall Jewell
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Succeeded by
B. F. Jones
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