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Charles E. Lovett papers

Identifier: S3041

Scope and Contents

The collection contains diaries, news clippings, photographs, and reference materials. Reference material, 1895 1925, includes biographical eulogies, news clippings and a paper written by Lovett entitled Early History of West Duluth, New Duluth and Their Environs, 1923. The photographs are portraits of Lovett.

The diaries, 1873 1925, constitute the largest part of this collection. The daily entries usually describe Lovett's activities and meetings with other people, and each diary contains detailed personal expenses. The entries are rarely reflective of ideas or thought. The diaries contained a large amount of inserted material, particularly programs from the Pilgrim Church in Duluth and theatrical performances. These inserts have been removed to separate folders. Some correspondence may also be found among the inserted material.


  • 1873-1925


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Ezra Lovett was born on April 14, 1851 in Clymer, New York. He attended the Madison, Ohio, Seminary and later studied law in the office of Charles M. Linch at Erie, Pa. Lovett was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1876 and was elected District Attorney of Erie County in 1878. Lovett married Sara Roe of Madison, Ohio in 1879. By 1882 he became connected with the sale of Northern Pacific Railroad lands in the James River valley (North Dakota) and worked out of an office in the town of Lamour(e). In 1886, Lovett established an office in Duluth, Minnesota. for the purpose of selling real estate and represented many large corporations, including United States Steel Corporation's land interests in the state.

Lovett served as city comptroller in 1898 and was involved in the organization of the Modern Samaritans (1897), a Duluth fraternal and insurance organization. In 1913 he was elected Supreme President of the organization and held that office until his death in 1925. Lovett was also president of the Minnesota Loan and Investment Company, located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Charles E. Lovett died at age 74 on September 10, 1925 in Erie, Pennsylvania from injuries incurred when he was struck by a car. He is buried in Ohio.

Charles Ezra Lovett was a Duluth real estate agent and official of the Modern Samaritans, a Duluth-based fraternal and insurance organization.  Lovett came to Duluth in 1886 after practicing law in Erie, PA., and handling the sale of Northern Pacific Railroad land in the James River Valley (North Dakota).  Lovett served as Duluth city comptroller in 1898 and was involved in the establishment of the Modern Samaritans in 1897.  In 1913 he was elected Supreme President of the Modern Samaritans.


4.5 Linear Feet

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The collection contains diaries, news clippings, photographs, and reference materials.

Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at or 218-726-8526.


This collection is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, which are housed in the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives at the Kathryn A. Martin Library, and are on permanent loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society.

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Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526