Seventh Territorial Governor
Governor Ordway's administration was highlighted by tremendous growth in population, towns, counties, and railroads. From 1879 to 1884 the population more than doubled as Euro-American settlers rushed into Dakota Territory.
Ordway's administration was plagued by favoritism and corrupt practices. The territorial capitol was moved from Yankton to Bismarck during Ordway's terms of office.
In 1884 a grand jury indicted Ordway for corrupt practices in office. He was removed from office and President Chester A. Arthur appointed Chicago writer Gilbert A. Pierce the next Dakota Territory governor. Ordway became a special agent for the Northern Pacific Railroad, in charge of its Washington lobby.
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