Alexander Ramsey (September 8, 1815-April 22, 1903) was an American politician. He was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was elected from Pennsylvania as a Whig to the US House of Representatives. He served in the House from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1847. He served as the 1st Territorial Governor of Minnesota June 1,1849 to May 15,1853 as a member of the Whig party. He was the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1855. He was elected the 2nd Governor of Minnesota after statehood and served from January 2, 1860 to July 10,1863. He resigned the governorship to enter the United States Congress. He was elected in 1863 as a Republican to the United States Senate and was reelected in 1869 and served to March 3, 1875.