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Lutheran Politicians in Iowa

  Casper Drengman Aaker (b. 1883) — also known as Casper D. Aaker — of Minot, Ward County, N.Dak. Born in Ridgeway, Winneshiek County, Iowa, August, 1883. Republican. Lawyer; organizer, Trinity Hospital, 1922; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1940 (member, Resolutions Committee). Lutheran. Member, Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Drengman Aaker and Christine (Ellefson) Aaker; married, December 15, 1914, to Leda Mansfield.
  Joseph H. Anderson (b. 1871) — of Thompson, Winnebago County, Iowa. Born in Forest City, Winnebago County, Iowa, April 12, 1871. Farmer; superintendent of schools; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1915-25; Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1923-24. Lutheran. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Anders Anderson and Christina (Hausdaughter) Anderson; married, December 26, 1898, to Matilda Kiel.
  Joseph H. Anderson (b. 1871) — also known as Joe H. Anderson — of Thompson, Winnebago County, Iowa. Born in Forest City, Winnebago County, Iowa, April 12, 1871. Republican. Farmer; superintendent of schools; Winnebago County District Court Clerk, 1905-13; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1915-25; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1932. Lutheran. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Anders Anderson and Christina (Hausdaughter) Anderson; married, December 26, 1898, to Matilda Kiel.
  L. V. Anderson (1900-1987) — of Clearfield, Tripp County, S.Dak. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, January 14, 1900. Democrat. Farmer; rancher; member of South Dakota state house of representatives 41st District, 1959-60. Lutheran. Member, Farmers Union. Died in Tripp County, S.Dak., August 26, 1987 (age 87 years, 224 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Florence Vauser.
  Wayne H. Babbitt (1928-1994) — of North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Born in Macedonia, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, April 21, 1928. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1964; vice-chair of Arkansas Republican Party, 1967; candidate for U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1972. Lutheran. Member, Rotary. Died August 6, 1994 (age 66 years, 107 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Darwin Merritt Babbitt and Francis (Charron) Babbitt; married, July 16, 1946, to Eleanor Joan Timmerman.
  Michele Marie Bachmann (b. 1956) — also known as Michele Bachmann; Michele Marie Amble — of Stillwater, Washington County, Minn. Born in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, April 6, 1956. Republican. Lawyer; member of Minnesota state senate, 2001-06 (56th District 2001-02, 52nd District 2003-06); U.S. Representative from Minnesota 6th District, 2007-15; delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2008, 2012; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 2012. Female. Lutheran; later Evangelical Christian. Still living as of 2016.
  Relatives: Married to Marcus Bachmann.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail — Encyclopedia of American Loons — Minnesota Legislator record
  Books by Michele Bachmann: Core of Conviction: My Story (2011)
  Allen Jay Beermann (b. 1940) — also known as Allen J. Beermann — of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, January 14, 1940. Lawyer; secretary of state of Nebraska, 1971-. Lutheran. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Elks; American Judicature Society; Pi Kappa Delta; Phi Alpha Delta; Newcomen Society. Still living as of 2001.
  Ralph Frederick Beermann (1912-1977) — of Dakota City, Dakota County, Neb. Born near Dakota City, Dakota County, Neb., August 13, 1912. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Representative from Nebraska, 1961-65 (3rd District 1961-63, 1st District 1963-65). Lutheran. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Farm Bureau; Kiwanis. Died in an airplane crash at the Municipal Airport in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, February 17, 1977 (age 64 years, 188 days). Interment at Dakota City Cemetery, Dakota City, Neb.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Walter Henry Beuse (1901-1957) — also known as Walter H. Beuse — of Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. Born in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, November 2, 1901. Democrat. Newspaper reporter; sports writer; Scott County Sheriff; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1940; member of Iowa Democratic State Central Committee, 1949; acting postmaster at Davenport, Iowa, 1952-53; mayor of Davenport, Iowa, 1954-57; died in office 1957. Lutheran. Member, Eagles; Moose; Freemasons; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Redmen; United Commercial Travelers; Lions; Jaycees. Died August 26, 1957 (age 55 years, 297 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Beuse and Ida (Weetz) Beuse.
  Norman Arthur Erbe (1919-2000) — also known as Norman Erbe — of Boone County, Iowa. Born in Boone, Boone County, Iowa, October 25, 1919. Republican. Iowa state attorney general, 1957-61; Governor of Iowa, 1961-63; defeated, 1962. Lutheran. Died June 8, 2000 (age 80 years, 227 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Alice Elizabeth Figg (1882-1953) — also known as Alice E. Figg — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, January 21, 1882. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1940, 1948; member of Iowa Republican State Central Committee, 1942-50; treasurer of Iowa Republican Party, 1950-52. Female. Lutheran. Member, American Legion Auxiliary. Died, from a heart ailment, in a hospital at Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, November 8, 1953 (age 71 years, 291 days). Interment at Avon Cemetery, Avon, Iowa.
  Relatives: Married to Samuel S. Figg (1876-1966).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry N. Graven (b. 1893) — of Greene, Butler County, Iowa. Born in St. James, Watonwan County, Minn., June 1, 1893. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; district judge in Iowa, 1937-44; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa, 1944-. Lutheran. Member, Order of the Coif. Burial location unknown.
  Stanley Lloyd Greigg (1931-2002) — also known as Stanley L. Greigg — of Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa. Born in Ireton, Sioux County, Iowa, May 7, 1931. Democrat. Mayor of Sioux City, Iowa, 1964; U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1965-67; defeated, 1966. Lutheran. Died in Salem, Va., June 13, 2002 (age 71 years, 37 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Merle W. Hagedorn (b. 1911) — of Royal, Clay County, Iowa. Born in Clay County, Iowa, 1911. Member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1955-65; member of Iowa state senate, 1965-. Lutheran. Burial location unknown.
  Bernhard Martin Jacobsen (1862-1936) — also known as Bernhard M. Jacobsen — of Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa. Born in Klixbüll, Germany, March 26, 1862. Democrat. Merchant; postmaster; U.S. Representative from Iowa 2nd District, 1931-36; died in office 1936. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks; Eagles. Died in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minn., June 30, 1936 (age 74 years, 96 days). Interment at Springdale Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of Boh Jacobsen and Magdelena (Tadsen) Jacobsen; married, May 28, 1885, to Lena Trager; father of William Sebastian Jacobsen (1887-1955).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Arthur H. Jacobson (b. 1910) — of Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa. Born in Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa, June 24, 1910. Republican. Lawyer; Allamakee County Attorney, 1937-44; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1944; member of Iowa state senate 40th District, 1945-50. Lutheran. Member, Order of the Coif; Kiwanis. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Gustav Jacobson and Gusta (Blilie) Jacobson; married to Isabel Chafer.
  Benton Franklin Jensen (1892-1970) — also known as Ben F. Jensen — of Exira, Audubon County, Iowa. Born in Marion, Linn County, Iowa, December 16, 1892. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Representative from Iowa 7th District, 1939-65; defeated, 1964. Lutheran. Died in Washington, D.C., February 5, 1970 (age 77 years, 51 days). Interment at Exira Cemetery, Exira, Iowa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Roger William Jepsen (b. 1928) — also known as Roger Jepsen — of Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. Born in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa, December 23, 1928. Republican. Insurance business; member of Iowa state senate, 1967-69; Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 1969-72; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1972; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1979-85; defeated, 1984. Lutheran. Member, Izaak Walton League; Farm Bureau; Shriners; Reserve Officers Association. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  George E. Q. Johnson (b. 1874) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Harcourt, Webster County, Iowa, July 11, 1874. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, 1927-31; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, 1932-33. Lutheran. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Royal Arcanum; Union League. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Johnson and Mathilda (Linderholm) Johnson; married, September 8, 1906, to Elizabeth M. Swanstrom.
  Ole Juulson Kvale (1869-1929) — also known as O. J. Kvale — of Benson, Swift County, Minn. Born near Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa, February 6, 1869. Ordained minister; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 7th District, 1923-29; defeated (Independent), 1920; died in office 1929. Lutheran. Died September 11, 1929 (age 60 years, 217 days). Interment at Benson Cemetery, Benson, Minn.
  Relatives: Married 1895 to Ida T. Simley (died 1926); father of Paul John Kvale (1896-1960).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Thomas Latham (b. 1948) — also known as Tom Latham — of Alexander, Franklin County, Iowa. Born in Hampton, Franklin County, Iowa, July 14, 1948. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1992; U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1995-2006 (5th District 1995-2003, 4th District 2003-06). Lutheran. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Martin A. Nelson (b. 1889) — of Austin, Mower County, Minn. Born in Hesper, Winneshiek County, Iowa, February 21, 1889. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1928, 1932; candidate for Minnesota state senate 5th District, 1930; vice-chair of Minnesota Republican Party, 1932; Republican candidate for Governor of Minnesota, 1934, 1936; Independent candidate for U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1942; district judge in Minnesota 10th District, 1944-53; justice of Minnesota state supreme court, 1953. Lutheran. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Forty and Eight; Delta Theta Phi; Elks; Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew A. Nelson and Bertha (Jacobson) Nelson; married 1920 to Merle Henifin.
  James Allen Nussle (b. 1960) — also known as Jim Nussle — of Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, June 27, 1960. Republican. Lawyer; Delaware County Attorney, 1986-90; U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1991-2006 (2nd District 1991-2003, 1st District 2003-06). Lutheran. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Alfred John Pearson (1869-1939) — also known as Alfred J. Pearson — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Landskrona, Sweden, September 29, 1869. Republican. University professor; U.S. Minister to Poland, 1924-25; Finland, 1925-30. Lutheran. Swedish ancestry. Member, Modern Language Association; American Association of University Professors; Phi Beta Kappa. Died August 9, 1939 (age 69 years, 314 days). Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Hans Pearson and Johanna (Nilson) Pearson; married 1901 to Thea Pauline Swenson (daughter of Lars Swenson (1842-1904)).
  Political family: Swenson family of Minnesota.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Rudolph Rohlfs (1856-1926) — of Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. Born in Iowa, February, 1856. Republican. Insurance agent; button manufacturer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1912. Lutheran. German ancestry. Died April 8, 1926 (age 70 years, 0 days). Interment at Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of M. J. Rohlfs and Eliza (Rohde) Rohlfs.
  Agnes M. Samuelson (1887-1963) — of Page County, Iowa; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa, April 4, 1887. Republican. School teacher; Iowa superintendent of public instruction, 1927-39. Female. Lutheran. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; American Legion Auxiliary; Order of the Eastern Star. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, May 12, 1963 (age 76 years, 38 days). Interment somewhere in Shenandoah, Iowa.
  Relatives: Daughter of August Samuelson and Alvida (Johnson) Samuelson.
  Henry Oscar Talle (1892-1969) — also known as Henry O. Talle — of Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa. Born near Albert Lea, Freeborn County, Minn., January 12, 1892. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; school teacher; superintendent of schools; college professor; U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1939-59 (4th District 1939-43, 2nd District 1943-59); defeated, 1936 (4th District), 1958 (2nd District). Lutheran. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died in Washington, D.C., March 14, 1969 (age 77 years, 61 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of John Talle and Anna (Ovri) Talle; married 1920 to Edith Margaret Huset (died 1938).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
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