Comstock House, 506 Eighth Street South, Moorhead, Minnesota

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Comstock House

Solomon & Sarah Comstock and children, 1890
Address: 506 Eighth Street S
Moorhead, Minnesota
Clay County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1882
Primary Style: Victorian
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: Museum
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
First Owner: Solomon Comstock

Moorhead Clay

Comstock House, 506 Eighth Street South, Moorhead, Minnesota
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Solomon Gilman Comstock came to Minnesota in 1869 and to Moorhead in 1870 from Maine, where he was born in 1842. He was an attorney and realtor in Moorhead. He was admitted to the bar in 1871 and served as Clay County Attorney from 1875 to 1881. He served in the Minnesota Legislature from 1876 to 1889, and then was elected to the United States Congress, where he served as Fifth District representative from 1889 to 1891. Solomon Comstock was president of the Northwest Land Company. He secured the location of the State Normal School at Moorhead, which is now Moorhead State University, and donated to the State of Minnesota the site occupied by that school.

Ada Louise Comstock, daughter of Solomon and Sarah A. Ball Comstock, was born in Moorhead in 1876. She attended the University of Minnesota and graduated from Smith College in 1897. She obtained her teaching certificate from Moorhead State Normal School in 1898, her master's degree from Columbia University in 1899, and attended the Sorbonne 1903-1904. After working as a Professor of English and dean of women at the University of Minnesota she became dean at Smith College. From 1923 to 1943, Ada Comstock was President of Radcliffe College, where she worked to assure Radcliffe's economic and academic independence from Harvard.

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