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Richard Junius Mendenhall
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Richard Junius Mendenhall

11/25/1828 – 10/18/1906

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MENDENHALL Richard Junius in the early 50's to the then west and locating at the little by the falls of St Anthony Mendenhall has been identified with of Minneapolis from its early in his 45 years of residence he has varied business record that of agent ba nker and florist In the of the city's development few actively identified with those were calculated to advance its welfare Struggling often with poor resolution and power of will obstacle and turning by adverse circumstances from one field of enterprise b oldly and with enthusiasm finally reaping in later years he so richly merited botany have been his scientific diversions throughout the whole of his career applying to them his business experience he has built up a reputation as a has made his name known t hroughout the entire northwest Mr his ancestry directly back to Quaker Mendenhall who came over Penn and who was the founder American family of that name Richard Mendenhall his great great grandson the father of the subject of this sketch a tanner by profe ssion and an extensive business at Jamestown C from which he realized a He was a member of the North legislature for several years and ardent abolitionist The interest he however in organizing Sunday schools the colored people nearly led to his hanged by s ome of the more rabid holders As his ancestors before him was a follower of the Quaker creed and prominent member of the Society of in North Carolina His wife Mary was a descendant of an old Welsh which settled in Maryland at an early period She was a woma n of strong and a worthy help mate Richard was born at Jamestown N C 25 1828 His educataional were of a somewhat limited nature a few brief years at the village school spent a year at the Quaker boarding at New Garden NC At fourteen went to Greensboro and lived with physician who was also the postmaster assisted in the work of the office but returned to his native town working in uncle's store When twenty years of age went to Providence RI and the celebrated Friends School at place For a short time afterwa rds taught school at North Falmouth Mass During the next few years he the occupation of a civil engineer traveling through the eastern states coming west and had charge of a surveying party in Des Moines Iowa during winter of 1855 56 The following spring b eing affected by a hemorrhage of the lungs he decided to come further north for health reaching Minneapolis on the twenty seventh day of April 1856.

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