1992 - Chester Wilson

Chester Wilson – 1903: Local attorney, served as a special Minnesota Attorney General for the Water Pollution Control Commission.


By The New York Times Obituaries, May 11, 1983

STILLWATER, Minn., May 10— Chester S. Wilson, Minnesota's Commissioner of Conservation from 1943 to 1955, died Friday in Stillwater.

He was 96 years old.

As the state's Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Wilson drafted the 1931 law that merged all of Minnesota's conservation agencies into one now called the Department of Natural Resources. He later headed the department for 12 years.

Mr. Wilson supported the Federal legislation that created the Superior National Forest, and introduced a $1 surcharge on small game licenses to purchase wetlands for waterfowl conservation.