Francis R. E. Cornell (November 17, 1821 - May 23, 1881) served as Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from January 11, 1875 until his death on May 23, 1881.
Born in Coventry, New York, on November 17, 1821, Francis R. E. Cornell graduated from Union College in 1842 and was admitted to the bar in the supreme court at Albany, New York in 1846.
Cornell began his legal career in private practice in Addison, New York where he lived until 1854. During that time he also served as New York State Senator from 1852 to 1853.
Cornell relocated to Minnesota in 1854 and continue his career of public service, first as a state legislator in 1861, 1862, and 1865, and then as attorney general for six years from January 10, 1868, to January 9, 1874.
He was elected Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1874, taking office on January 11, 1875. Justice Cornell served on the Court until his death on May 23, 1881.
You may read more about Justice Cornell in the links below, and in the book Testimony: Remember Minnesota’s Supreme Court Justices, which is the source of this brief biography.