James J. Hill Arrives in Saint Paul

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James J. Hill Arrives in Saint Paul

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 21, 2021

On this date in 1856, James J. Hill arrives in Saint Paul as a shipping clerk. This is the letter he wrote this grandmother on August 4, as soon as he was settled, as promised.