Viewing Samuel J. Albright: "The First Organized Government of Dakota." (1898).
In the late 1850s, Samuel J. Albright, a St. Paul newspaper publisher, and other former Minnesotans, attempted to form a temporary "government" of Dakota, the land now encompassing the states of North Dakota and South Dakota. This government, it was hoped, would hasten the formation of a territory by Congress, while bringing law, order and prosperity to Dakota. It was not successful.