Viewing Patrick Fitzpatrick (1857-1908).
Patrick Fitzpatrick was elected Winona County attorney in 1881, only a year after he was admitted to the bar. Re-elected several times, he acquired a reputation among the local bar for his competency, protection of the interests of taxpayers and "fearlessness" in not being stampeded by "public passion" over a particular case. In 1894 he ran as a Democrat in heavily Republican Winona for the state senate and lost by a wide margin to former Lieutenant Governor William Yale. Two years later he ran against incumbent James Tawney for Congress and was trounced. In 1898, however, he was elected to the state senate, re-elected in 1902 without opposition, and almost doubled his Republican opponent's vote in 1906 --- his last election.