National Nonpartisan League

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The Farmers' Nonpartisan Political League was organized in North Dakota in 1915 by Arthur C. Townley and other North Dakota Socialist Party members. Members sought to bring about reforms in farming-related business and governmental practices through non-partisan political activity. In 1917 the organizaation's name was changed to the National Nonpartisan Political League, and by 1921 branches were established in an additional fifteen midwestern and northwestern states. While the League was most successful in North Dakota, the organization helped to elect a number of candidates in other states to state and national office. Despite it success, a well-financed and powerful opposition, agricultural depression, and internal dissension brought about the decline of the League, and by 1924 it ceased to exist as a national organization.

From the description of National Nonpartisan League papers, 1910-1946 (inclusive), 1916-1922 (bulk), [microform]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122370091

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referencedIn Henry Justin Allen Papers, 1896-1942, (bulk 1919-1942) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Langer, William, 1886-1959. Papers, 1900-1959 (inclusive). University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library
referencedIn Nelson, Theodore Gilbert, 1880-1961. Theodore Gilbert Nelson papers, 1904-1924. State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
referencedIn William Morley Bouck papers, 1918-1941 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Oral history interviews (part 1), 1900-1983. University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library
referencedIn Committee of 48 (U.S.). Minnesota State Central Committee. Committee records, 1920-1924. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Manahan, James, 1866-1932. James Manahan and family papers, 1880-1937. Minnesota Historical Society Library
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referencedIn Nolan, W. I. (William Ignatius), 1874-1943. W. I. Nolan papers, 1900-1943. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Minnesota Commission of Public Safety. Petitions and transcripts of testimony in investigations, 1917-1918. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Roylance, William. Papers, 1921. State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
referencedIn Preus, J. A. O. (Jacob Aall Ottesen), 1883-1961. J.A.O. Preus and family papers, 1853-1946. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Mark M. Litchman papers, 1901-1965 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
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referencedIn Frank, Walter Malte, 1893-. Interview, 1969 August 11. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
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referencedIn Todd, Laurence, 1882-1957. Laurence Todd papers, 1902-1957. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Nelson, Knute, 1843-1923. Knute Nelson papers, 1861-1924 (bulk 1916-1923). Minnesota Historical Society Library
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referencedIn Hickey, Thomas A., 1869-1925. Hickey, T. A., papers, 1917, 1920, 1924-1925 University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Langer, William, 1886-1959. Pre-Senate papers, 1900-1941 (inclusive) University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library
referencedIn Charles A. Lindbergh and family papers., 1808-1987. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Knute Nelson papers., 1861-1924. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Johnson, Magnus, 1871-1936. Magnus Johnson papers, 1923-1941. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Bangert, Charles G., 1879-1969. Papers, 1900-1966. North Dakota State University Library
referencedIn Allen, Henry Justin, 1868-1950. Henry Justin Allen papers, 1896-1942 (bulk 1919-1942). Library of Congress
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referencedIn Townley, Arthur Channing, 1880-1959. Interview and biographical data, 1956-1959. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn John and Norman Lind papers., 1870-1933. Minnesota Historical Society
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referencedIn Thomason, Otto Monroe, 1874-1960. Otto M. Thomason and family papers, 1916-1962. Minnesota Historical Society Library
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referencedIn Burnquist, J. A. A. (Joseph Alfred Arner), 1879-1961. J. A. A. Burnquist papers, 1884-1961. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Gillette, John M. (John Morris), 1866-1949. Papers, 1895-1949 (inclusive) University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library
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referencedIn Bruce, Andrew A. (Andrew Alexander), 1866-1934. TLS, 1917 November 22, Bismarck, N.D. to Francis E. McGowan. Haverford College Library
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referencedIn Zimmerman, Phil E. (Philip E.), 1879-1965. Papers of Phil Zimmerman [microform], 1900-1965. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Wefald, Knud, 1869-1936. Knud Wefald and family papers, 1817-1987. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Remele, Larry. Ms., 1975. State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
referencedIn Rines, Henry, 1872-1950. Henry Rines correspondence, 1920-1922. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
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referencedIn St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press (Saint Paul, Minn.). Historical materials, 1862-2001 (bulk 1862-1948). Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Drake, Benjamin B., 1880-1961. Equity Cooperative Exchange papers, 1906-1929. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Peterson, Beatrice M., 1916-. Papers, 1895-1986 (bulk 1959-1983). University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library
referencedIn Quigley, Walter Eli, 1890-1962. Out where the west begins, [1932?]. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Lemke, William, 1878-1950. Papers, 1901-1950 (inclusive). University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library
referencedIn America First Association (Saint Paul, Minn.). America First Association records, 1917-1935. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Mankato Publishing Company. Collection, 1920-1965. Minnesota State University, Mankato, Library Services, Library Services
referencedIn Independent Voters Association. Collection, 1921-1924. State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
referencedIn North Dakota Federation of Nonpartisan Clubs. Records, 1944-1952. State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
referencedIn Remele, Larry. Larry Remele papers, 1981-1988. State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
referencedIn Lind, John, 1854-1930. John and Norman Lind papers, 1870-1933. Minnesota Historical Society Library
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Relation Name
associatedWith Allen, Henry Justin, 1868-1950. person
associatedWith America First Association (Saint Paul, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Bacon, Jerry D. (Jerry Dempster), 1865-1933. person
associatedWith Baer, John M. (John Miller), 1886-1970. person
associatedWith Baker, Herbert F., 1862-1930 person
associatedWith Bangert, Charles G., 1879-1969. person
associatedWith Bloom, Howard E. person
associatedWith Borchardt, Lena L., 1892-1972. person
associatedWith Bouck, William Morley, 1868-1946 person
associatedWith Brewer, George, d. 1967. person
associatedWith Bruce, Andrew A. (Andrew Alexander), 1866-1934. person
associatedWith Burnquist, J. A. A. (Joseph Alfred Arner), 1879-1961. person
associatedWith Committee of 48 (U.S.). Minnesota State Central Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Consumers United Stores Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Cotton, Donald Reed, 1883- person
associatedWith Craig, Minnie D. (Minnie Davenport), 1883-1966. person
associatedWith Drake, Benjamin B., 1880-1961. corporateBody
associatedWith Farmer-Labor Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Frank, Walter Malte, 1893- person
associatedWith Gilbert, Arthur Benson, 1887-1967. person
associatedWith Gilbert, Joseph, 1865-1856. person
associatedWith Gilbert, Joseph, 1865-1956. person
associatedWith Gillette, John M. (John Morris), 1866-1949. person
associatedWith Gleason, Patrick. person
associatedWith Hickey, Thomas A., 1869-1925 person
associatedWith Howard, Asher, 1877-1945 person
associatedWith Independent Voters Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Magnus, 1871-1936. person
associatedWith Langer, William, 1886-1959. person
associatedWith Larson, John. person
associatedWith Larson, Peter H. person
associatedWith Lemke, William, 1878-1950. person
associatedWith Liessman, Charles, 1878-1963. person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles August), 1859-1924. person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974 person
associatedWith Lind, John, 1854-1930. person
associatedWith Litchman, Mark,  1925- person
associatedWith Loe, Kelley, 1887- person
associatedWith Manahan, James, 1866-1932. person
associatedWith Martin, Ora. person
associatedWith Martinson, Henry R. (Henry Rudolph), 1883-1981. person
associatedWith Miklethun, John L., 1873-1955. person
associatedWith Minnesota Commission of Public Safety. corporateBody
associatedWith Nelson, Knute, 1843-1923. person
associatedWith Nelson, Theodore Gilbert, 1880-1961. person
associatedWith Nolan, W. I. (William Ignatius), 1874-1943. person
associatedWith North Dakota Federation of Nonpartisan Clubs. corporateBody
associatedWith North Dakota. Justice Court (Fargo) corporateBody
associatedWith North Dakota Nonpartisan League. corporateBody
associatedWith Northern Information Bureau (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Nygaard, Daphna, 1894-1978. person
associatedWith Peterson, Beatrice M., 1916- person
associatedWith Peterson, Hjalmar Otto, 1879-1957. person
associatedWith Preus, J. A. O. (Jacob Aall Ottesen), 1883-1961. person
associatedWith Quigley, Walter Eli, 1890-1962. person
associatedWith Remele, Larry. person
associatedWith Remele, Larry. person
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Rines, Henry, 1872-1950. person
associatedWith Roylance, William. person
associatedWith St. Arnold, Dorothy, ca. 1926- person
associatedWith St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press (Saint Paul, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press (Saint Paul, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Teigan, Henry G. (Henry George), 1881-1941. person
associatedWith Thomason, Otto Monroe, 1874-1960. person
associatedWith Todd, Laurence, 1882-1957. person
associatedWith Townley, A. C. 1880-1959. person
associatedWith Townley, Arthur C. person
associatedWith Townley, Arthur Channing, 1880-1959. person
associatedWith Wefald, Knud, 1869-1936. person
associatedWith Wehrle, Vincent, Bishop, 1855-1941. person
associatedWith Williams, Howard Yolen, 1889-1973. person
associatedWith Williams, Mabelle. person
associatedWith Zetter, Oscar. person
associatedWith Zimmerman, Phil E. (Philip E.), 1879-1965. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Minnesota
North Dakota
North Dakota
North Dakota
Subject
Agriculture and politics
American newspapers
Farmers
Political parties
Occupation
Activity

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Active 1940

Active 1975

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