By Cathy Callopy
Tilden was born in Hannibal, Missouri, to Tilden and Sarah Benton Selmes. A graduate of Yale, he moved to St. Paul to practice law. It was there that he met and married Patty Flandrau. The couple moved to Tilden’s ranch near Mandan, Dakota Territory, where they befriended Teddy Roosevelt. Tilden was diagnosed with stomach cancer at the age of forty-one and died at the Dinsmore farm.