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Politician members in North Dakota

  LeRoy Hagen Anderson (1906-1991) — also known as LeRoy H. Anderson — of Conrad, Pondera County, Mont. Born in Ellendale, Dickey County, N.Dak., February 2, 1906. Democrat. Rancher; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Montana state house of representatives, 1947-48; member of Montana state senate, 1949-56, 1967; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1956; U.S. Representative from Montana 2nd District, 1957-61; defeated, 1954; candidate for U.S. Senator from Montana, 1960. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Lions; Tau Beta Pi; Pi Kappa Delta; Alpha Chi Sigma; Pi Kappa Alpha; American Chemical Society. Died, in a hospital at Conrad, Pondera County, Mont., September 25, 1991 (age 85 years, 235 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Peter John Anderson and Gena (Hagen) Anderson; married, October 19, 1929, to Jessie Viola Taylor.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Norris Conroy Bakke (1894-1973) — also known as Norris C. Bakke — of Sterling, Logan County, Colo.; Mayville, Traill County, N.Dak.; Laguna Hills, Orange County, Calif. Born in Mayville, Traill County, N.Dak., April 19, 1894. Democrat. Lawyer; justice of Colorado state supreme court, 1937-47; chief justice of Colorado Supreme Court, 1945-46; candidate for U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1962. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Lions. Died in January, 1973 (age 78 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Ole Pederson Bakke and Karina (Erickson) Bakke; married, August 12, 1921, to Esther Newell Banks; married, April 6, 1958, to Mrs. Guy L. Elken.
Ralph A. Gamble Ralph Abernethy Gamble (1885-1959) — also known as Ralph A. Gamble — of Larchmont, Westchester County, N.Y.; St. Michaels, Talbot County, Md. Born in Yankton, Yankton County, Dakota Territory (now S.Dak.), May 6, 1885. Republican. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Westchester County 2nd District, 1931-37; U.S. Representative from New York, 1937-57 (25th District 1937-45, 28th District 1945-53, 26th District 1953-57). Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Phi Delta Phi; Lions. Died in St. Michaels, Talbot County, Md., March 4, 1959 (age 73 years, 302 days). Interment at Hopewell Cemetery, Port Deposit, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Jackson Gamble and Carrie (Osborne) Gamble; married, April 19, 1911, to Virginia Nesbitt; married, June 19, 1958, to Ruth G. Daniels; nephew of John Rankin Gamble.
  Political family: Gamble family of South Dakota and New York.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  Charles L. Halsted (1894-1968) — of Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minn. Born in Ellendale, Dickey County, N.Dak., September 23, 1894. Democrat. Member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 53, 1937-46, 1953-66; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960; Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate for Governor of Minnesota, 1948. Protestant. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Lions; Moose; Odd Fellows. Died in Crow Wing County, Minn., February 19, 1968 (age 73 years, 149 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Minn.
  Relatives: Married to Myrtle Gamble.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record
  Halvor Langdon Halvorson (b. 1881) — also known as Halvor L. Halvorson — of Minot, Ward County, N.Dak. Born in Henning, Otter Tail County, Minn., August 15, 1881. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Minot, N.Dak., 1911-15; candidate for U.S. Representative from North Dakota, 1912 (3rd District), 1942 (Democratic, at-large); delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1916 (member, Credentials Committee), 1944 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee; speaker), 1948; candidate for Governor of North Dakota, 1924. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Odd Fellows; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Sons of Norway; Izaak Walton League; Lions; American Bar Association. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John C. Halvorson and Juliana (Christenson) Halvorson; married to Nina C. Knudson.
  Ernest Eugene Kell Jr. (b. 1928) — also known as Ernie Kell — of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in North Dakota, July 5, 1928. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; contractor; mayor of Long Beach, Calif., 1984-94. Member, Lions. Still living as of 2001.
  Relatives: Son of Ernest Eugene Kell and Katherine (Moynier) Kell.
  Thomas Savig Kleppe (1919-2007) — also known as Thomas S. Kleppe; Tom Kleppe — of Bismarck, Burleigh County, N.Dak. Born in Kintyre, Emmons County, N.Dak., July 1, 1919. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; mayor of Bismarck, N.Dak., 1950-54; candidate for U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1964, 1970; U.S. Representative from North Dakota 2nd District, 1967-71; U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1975-77. Lutheran. Member, Lions; American Legion; Elks. Died, from Alzheimer's disease, in Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., March 2, 2007 (age 87 years, 244 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Lars Kleppe.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Arthur Albert Link (1914-2010) — also known as Arthur A. Link — of Alexander, McKenzie County, N.Dak.; Bismarck, Burleigh County, N.Dak. Born in Alexander, McKenzie County, N.Dak., May 24, 1914. Democrat. Member of North Dakota state house of representatives, 1947-70; Speaker of the North Dakota State House of Representatives, 1965; U.S. Representative from North Dakota 2nd District, 1971-73; Governor of North Dakota, 1973-81; defeated, 1980. Lutheran. Member, Lions. Died, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, Burleigh County, N.Dak., June 1, 2010 (age 96 years, 8 days). Interment at Alexander Cemetery, Alexander, N.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of John Link and Anna (Mencl) Link; married, May 20, 1939, to Grace Link.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Samuel G. Nagel (1901-1963) — of Edgeley, LaMoure County, N.Dak. Born in Tripp, Hutchinson County, S.Dak., January 14, 1901. Democrat. Retail liquor dealer; mayor of Edgeley, N.D.; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1944 (member, Credentials Committee). Catholic. Volga German ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus; Lions. Died in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minn., October 11, 1963 (age 62 years, 270 days). Interment at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Edgeley, N.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of George Nagel and Katharina (Flechtner) Nagel; married, September 24, 1924, to Mary J. Conlon.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Aloys Peter Primising (b. 1895) — also known as A. P. Primising — of Wahpeton, Richland County, N.Dak.; Lidgerwood, Richland County, N.Dak. Born in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, July 27, 1895. Democrat. Railway station agent; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1940, 1944 (alternate); member of North Dakota Democratic State Central Committee, 1940. Catholic. Member, Lions; Knights of Columbus; Elks; Jaycees. Burial location unknown.
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