Johnson, Martin N. (Martin Nelson), 1850-1909

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Martin N. Johnson was born in 1850 at Norway, Wisconsin. After his education he established a law practice with his brother Lewis at Decorah, Iowa. In 1883 Martin and Stella Johnson and his brother Lewis and family homesteaded near present Petersburg, N.D. He was a member of the North Dakota Constitutional Convention in 1889. From 1891 to 1899 he was U.S. Congressman from North Dakota and in 1908 was elected to the U.S. Senate. He died in office on Oct. 21, 1909.

From the description of Martin N. Johnson family photograph collection [graphic]. [1860s-1927] (North Dakota State University Library). WorldCat record id: 55499626

Born at Norway, Wisc. Graduated Iowa State University, taught school in California. Married Stella White 1879. Returned to Iowa, attended law school, elected to Iowa legislature. Moved in 1883 to Petersburg, Dakota Territory (later N.D.). Elected Nelson County district attorney, delegate to North Dakota Constitutional Convention 1889. Elected to U.S. House 1890-1894, lost 1899 Senate race, elected to U.S. Senate 1908. Died in office 1909.

From the description of Johnson family papers, 1839-1954. (North Dakota State University Library). WorldCat record id: 29179469

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referencedIn Peirce, J. Dexter, 1857-1945. J. Dexter Peirce collection, 1795-1945. State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
referencedIn Farnsworth, Charles S., 1862-1955. Papers, 1888-1955. North Dakota State University Library
creatorOf Johnson, Martin N. (Martin Nelson), 1850-1909. Johnson family papers, 1839-1954. North Dakota State University Library
creatorOf Johnson, Martin N. (Martin Nelson), 1850-1909. Martin N. Johnson family photograph collection [graphic]. North Dakota State University Library
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correspondedWith Farnsworth, Charles S., 1862-1955. person
associatedWith Houghton Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton family family
associatedWith Houghton family. family
associatedWith Hydle, Nellie Johnson, 1883-1972 person
associatedWith Jepson family family
associatedWith Jepson family. family
associatedWith Johnson family. family
associatedWith Johnson, Ina, 1892- person
associatedWith Johnson, Lewis C., 1852-1916. person
associatedWith Johnson, Nelson, 1818-1884 person
associatedWith Johnson, Ralph, 1884-1952. person
associatedWith Johnson, Stella White, 1858-1925 person
associatedWith Johnson, Virna, 1889- person
associatedWith Karpe, Florence Johnson, 1896-1948 person
associatedWith North Dakota. Constitutional Convention (1889) corporateBody
associatedWith Peirce, J. Dexter, 1857-1945. person
associatedWith Skulason, Edith Johnson, 1881-1939 person
associatedWith University of Chicago corporateBody
associatedWith White family family
associatedWith White family. family
Place Name Admin Code Country
Petersburg (N.D.)
North Dakota--Nelson County
Nelson County (N.D.)
North Dakota
Petersburg (N.D.)
North Dakota
North Dakota--Fargo
Teachers--Legal status, law, etc
Norwegian Americans
Norwegian Americans--Photographs
Frontier and pioneer life
Lawyers--North Dakota
Politicians--North Dakota


Birth 1850-03-03

Death 1909-10-21



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