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Sons of Norway Politicians

Very incomplete list!

  William A. Anderson (1873-1954) — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Adams County, Wis., October 19, 1873. Lawyer; mayor of Minneapolis, Minn., 1931-33; candidate for justice of Minnesota state supreme court, 1934; municipal judge in Minnesota, 1936-43; district judge in Minnesota, 1944. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Modern Woodmen; Sons of Norway; Foresters. Died December 12, 1954 (age 81 years, 54 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Anderson and Cynthia E. (Harrison) Anderson; married, November 25, 1897, to Myra Blackmun.
  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, Grand Forks, N.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of O. O. Burtness and Mary (Anderson) Burtness; married, September 8, 1909, to Zoe Ensign.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Leif Erickson (1906-1998) — of Richland County, Mont.; Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Mont. Born in Cashton, Monroe County, Wis., July 29, 1906. Democrat. Lawyer; Richland County Attorney, 1936-38; justice of Montana state supreme court, 1938-46; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1940 (alternate), 1948, 1952, 1956; Democratic candidate for Governor of Montana, 1944, 1948 (primary); candidate for U.S. Senator from Montana, 1946; Montana Democratic state chair, 1956-58; member of Democratic National Committee from Montana, 1962-73. Lutheran. Norwegian ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Lambda Chi Alpha; Sons of Norway; Freemasons; Eagles; Elks. Died at the Riverside Health Care Center, Missoula, Missoula County, Mont., December 22, 1998 (age 92 years, 146 days). Cremated; ashes scattered.
  Relatives: Son of Oluf Erickson and Dora B. (Swanson) Erickson; married, December 29, 1932, to Huberta Barton Brown.
Orville L. Freeman Orville Lothrop Freeman (1918-2003) — also known as Orville L. Freeman — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., May 9, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; lawyer; aide to Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey, and his campaign manager for U.S. Senator in 1948; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948, 1952, 1960, 1964; Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor state chair, 1948-50; Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate for Minnesota state attorney general, 1950; Governor of Minnesota, 1955-61; defeated (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), 1952, 1960; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1961-69. Lutheran. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; American Legion; American Judicature Society; Americans for Democratic Action; American Civil Liberties Union; Moose; Eagles; Izaak Walton League; Sons of Norway; Purple Heart; Phi Beta Kappa. Died, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., February 20, 2003 (age 84 years, 287 days). Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Married, May 2, 1942, to Jane Shields; father of Michael O. Freeman.
  Cross-reference: George A. Farr
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Who's Who in United States Politics (1950)
  Peter Bergenius Garberg (1882-1951) — also known as Peter B. Garberg — of Reeder, Adams County, N.Dak.; Hettinger, Adams County, N.Dak.; Fargo, Cass County, N.Dak. Born in Revillo, Grant County, S.Dak., December 25, 1882. Republican. Lawyer; Adams County State's Attorney, 1914-20; member of North Dakota state senate, 1920-23; candidate for North Dakota state attorney general, 1922; U.S. Attorney for North Dakota, 1929-33. Lutheran. Norwegian ancestry. Member, Elks; Sons of Norway. Died in 1951 (age about 68 years). Interment at Recaboth Cemetery, Albee, S.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of Gunder Paulson Garberg and Gunhild (Kjosness) Garberg; married, June 11, 1910, to Sophia Borgen.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harold Christian Hagen (1901-1957) — also known as Harold C. Hagen — of Crookston, Polk County, Minn. Born in Crookston, Polk County, Minn., November 10, 1901. Newspaper publisher; executive secretary to U.S. Rep. Richard T. Buckler, 1935-42; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 9th District, 1943-55; defeated (Republican), 1954, 1956. Lutheran. Norwegian ancestry. Member, United Commercial Travelers; Sons of Norway; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Eagles; Rotary. Died in Washington, D.C., March 19, 1957 (age 55 years, 129 days). Interment at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Gudbrand T. Hagen and Anna (Brovold) Hagen; married, November 22, 1928, to Audrey L. Melton.
  Cross-reference: Fay George Child
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  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.
  Jalmer T. Johnson (1912-2000) — of Virginia, St. Louis County, Minn. Born in Virginia, St. Louis County, Minn., October 20, 1912. Mayor of Virginia, Minn., 1976-90. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Sons of Norway; Moose. Died, in Arrowhead Health Care Center, Virginia, St. Louis County, Minn., September 22, 2000 (age 87 years, 338 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Virginia, Minn.
  Tim Kelly (b. 1944) — of Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., August 15, 1944. Republican. Member of Alaska state house of representatives; elected 1976; member of Alaska state senate District K, 1979-90, 1993-. Member, American Association of Retired Persons; Sons of Norway; American Legion; Elks. Still living as of 1999.
  Lewis M. Larson (b. 1891) — of Freeborn County, Minn. Born in Freeborn County, Minn., November 1, 1891. Farmer; candidate for Minnesota state senate 6th District, 1942, 1946. Lutheran. Norwegian ancestry. Member, Farm Bureau; Sons of Norway. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Larson and Inger (Quam) Larson; married, February 16, 1916, to Gustina Skaug.
  Warren Grant Magnuson (1905-1989) — also known as Warren G. Magnuson; "Maggie" — of Seattle, King County, Wash. Born in Moorhead, Clay County, Minn., April 12, 1905. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Washington state constitutional convention, 1933; member of Washington state house of representatives, 1933-34; King County Prosecuting Attorney, 1934-36; U.S. Representative from Washington 1st District, 1937-44; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; U.S. Senator from Washington, 1944-81; defeated, 1980; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1952. Lutheran. Member, Elks; Eagles; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Amvets; Sons of Norway; Theta Chi. Died in Seattle, King County, Wash., May 20, 1989 (age 84 years, 38 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Acacia Memorial Park, Lake Forest Park, Wash.
  Relatives: Married, October 4, 1964, to Jermaine Elliott Peralta.
  Cross-reference: Norman D. Dicks
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Rolland W. Redlin (1920-2011) — also known as Rollie Redlin — of Minot, Ward County, N.Dak. Born in Lambert, Richland County, Mont., February 29, 1920. Democrat. Farmer; candidate for North Dakota state house of representatives, 1952; member of North Dakota state senate, 1959-63, 1973-2000; U.S. Representative from North Dakota 2nd District, 1965-67; defeated, 1966. Lutheran. Norwegian ancestry. Member, Farmers Union; Sons of Norway; Kiwanis. Died in Rapid City, Pennington County, S.Dak., September 23, 2011 (age 91 years, 0 days). Interment at Concordia Cemetery, Crosby, N.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of Ernest Redlin and Hedwig 'Hattie' (Grawunder) Redlin; married, June 9, 1946, to Christine O. Nesje.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Peter O. Sathre (1878-1968) — of Finley, Steele County, N.Dak.; Bismarck, Burleigh County, N.Dak. Born in Adams, Mower County, Minn., February 7, 1878. Republican. Lawyer; Steele County State's Attorney, 1912-20; member of North Dakota state senate, 1927-32; North Dakota state attorney general, 1933-37; justice of North Dakota state supreme court, 1937. Lutheran. Norwegian ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Sons of Norway; Freemasons; Shriners; Woodmen. Died in Sharon, Steele County, N.Dak., January 23, 1968 (age 89 years, 350 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Maline (Hansdotter) Sathre and Jacob Pederson Sathre; married, April 14, 1912, to Mina Hilstad.
Alexander Wiley Alexander Wiley (1884-1967) — of Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wis. Born in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wis., May 26, 1884. Republican. Lawyer; Chippewa County District Attorney, 1909-15; dairy farmer; candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1936; U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1939-63. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Sons of Norway; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Moose; Kiwanis; United Commercial Travelers. Died at High Oaks Christian Science Church Sanitarium, in Germantown, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., May 26, 1967 (age 83 years, 0 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
  Relatives: Married 1909 to May Jenkins; married 1952 to Dorothy May Kydd.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
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