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Grand Forks County
North Dakota

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Grand Forks County

Index to Locations

  • Americus Township Americus Cemetery
  • Grand Forks Memorial Park Cemetery


    Americus Cemetery
    Americus Township, Grand Forks County, North Dakota
    Politicians buried here:
      Arne Pederson Haugen (1845-1908) — also known as Arne P. Haugen — of Grand Forks County, N.Dak. Born in Grue, Norway, June 7, 1845. Delegate to North Dakota state constitutional convention from Grand Forks County, 1889; member of North Dakota state senate, 1890, 1893, 1907-08; died in office 1908. Norwegian ancestry. Advocate of alcohol prohibition. Died in Reynolds, Grand Forks County, N.Dak., January 12, 1908 (age 62 years, 219 days). Interment at Americus Cemetery.
      Campaign slogan: "No one seeks for his own, but everyone the other's best."
      Epitaph: "Principfast du storog staerl / Gjorde du stort Dagvakr / Hvil in fred vi samles igien / Naar dagen gryr i himmelen." [Firm in principles, big and strong, you put in a full day's work, in peace we will all be together again when the time comes we are in heaven]


    Memorial Park Cemetery
    Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota
    Politicians buried here:
      Olger Burton Burtness (1884-1960) — also known as Olger B. Burtness — of Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, N.Dak. Born in Mekinock, Grand Forks County, N.Dak., March 14, 1884. Republican. Lawyer; Grand Forks County State's Attorney, 1911-16; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1916, 1936, 1948; member of North Dakota state house of representatives, 1919-20; U.S. Representative from North Dakota 1st District, 1921-33. Lutheran. Member, Phi Delta Theta; Phi Alpha Delta; Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Sigma Rho; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Sons of Norway. Died in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, N.Dak., January 20, 1960 (age 75 years, 312 days). Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of O. O. Burtness and Mary (Anderson) Burtness; married, September 8, 1909, to Zoe Ensign.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Paul Benson (1918-2004) — of Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, N.Dak. Born in Greenville Township, LaMoure County, N.Dak., June 1, 1918. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; executive secretary (1946-49) and administrative assistant (1949) to U.S. Sen. Milton R. Young; lawyer; North Dakota state attorney general, 1954-55; U.S. District Judge for North Dakota, 1971-85; took senior status 1985. Lutheran. Member, American Bar Association; Rotary; American Legion; Elks. Died, in Willow Point Memory Care Assisted Living, Verona, Dane County, Wis., April 22, 2004 (age 85 years, 326 days). Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Carl Edwin Benson (1884-1965) and Anne (Peterson) Benson (1892-1984); married 1942 to Laurel Mae Johnson (1922-1999).
      See also federal judicial profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Tracy R. Bangs (1862-1936) — of Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, N.Dak. Born in Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minn., April 29, 1862. Democrat. Lawyer; attorney for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co., Northern States Power Co., and Occidental Life Insurance Co.; Grand Forks County State's Attorney, 1892; U.S. Attorney for North Dakota, 1894-98. Episcopalian. Died February 22, 1936 (age 73 years, 299 days). Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Alfred Walstein Bangs and Alena Baker (Stiles) Bangs; half-brother of Frank D. Bangs; married, June 15, 1887, to Jessie L. Caughell; uncle of George A. Bangs; second cousin thrice removed of Martin Keeler; third cousin once removed of John Clarence Keeler; third cousin twice removed of Stephen Hiram Keeler; fourth cousin once removed of Anson Foster Keeler (1887-1943).
      Political family: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

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