A highly respected citizen of Duluth who, although an American by adoption only, has had the interests of this community at heart for many years is Andrew Bergquist, a man who has won success in life because he has been persistent and never permitted obstacles to thwart him in a course when once he knew he was right.
He came here practically without capital, but by earnest efforts, honest work and good management has during the subsequent years forged ahead and is now numbered among the leading contractors and builders in his community.
Andrew Bergquist is a Scandinavian by nativity, having been born in Sweden on the 14th day of September, 1862. He was reared to manhood in his native land and received his education in the schools of his home locality. In 1887, when twenty-five years of age, he came to the United States and located at once in Duluth, where he obtained employment at the carpenter trade, the vocation which he had followed in his native land. After working at his trade as an employee for about four and a half years he, in 1891, began contracting on his own account. In the following years he took in his brother, Louis M. Bergquist, as a partner, and the same firm, under the name of Bergquist Brothers, is still in active and successful operation after an eminently prosperous career.
They have constructed many of the most important business blocks and finest residences and apartment houses in Duluth, among which was the Commercial Club Building, and through all these years they have enjoyed a most excellent reputation in business and commercial circles because of the high character of their work and the splendid business methods which they have ever followed. Their office is located in the Exchange Bank Building.
On December 28, 1892, Mr. Bergquist was married to Selma M. Person, of Duluth, and to them have been born four children, namely: Melvin D., Harold A., Milton N. (deceased), and Laura S.. Mr. and Mrs. Bergquist are members of the Baptist Church, to which they give generous support, and politicially Mr. Bergquist is affiliated with the Republican party. By a straightforward and commendable course he has made his way from a somewhat humble beginning to a respectable position in the business world, winning the hearty admiration of the people of his adopted city and earning a reputation as an enterprising, progressive man of affairs and a broad-minded and upright citizen which the public has not been slow to recognize and appreciate.