On this day in 1803 ...


Reverend William T. Boutwell is born in Lyndeborough, New Hampshire.

Boutwell was a part of the trip that discovered Lake Itasca was the source of the Mississippi River, and supplied the Latin words to name the Itasca County body of water (veritas, which means true, and caput, which means head).

Father of nine and a Dartmouth graduate, Boutwell would settle in Stillwater after serving as a Presbyterian missionary to the Ojibwe of the region in the mid-1800s.

Once in Stillwater, he would help establish and organize the Presbyterian Church, which is still in operation today.

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