Knutson, Harold, 1880-1953

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Harold Knutson, a Republican congressman serving the sixth congressional district of central Minnesota (1917-1948), was born on October 20, 1880, in Skien, Norway, and immigrated with his parents to a farm near Clear Lake (Sherburne County), Minnesota during the 1880s. After graduating from agricultural school, he edited several rural Minnesota newspapers including the Royalton Banner and Foley Independent (1901-1902), the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and the St. Cloud Daily Journal Press (1907-1908).

Knutson was elected to The U.S. House of Representatives in 1912 from Minnesota's sixth congressional district. While in congress, he served as majority whip and chaired several committees: Pensions, Indian Affairs, Insular Affairs, Ways and Means, and Internal Revenue and Taxation. Politically, Knutson was an isolationist and also opposed many of the Roosevelt administration's domestic policies. He was defeated by Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Fred Marshall in 1948 and returned to Minnesota. He died in Wadena in 1953.

From the guide to the Harold Knutson congressional files., 1919-1948., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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creatorOf Duluth Federated Trades and Labor Assembly (Duluth, Minn.). Organization records, 1892-1942. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Excelsior Fruit Growers Association (Excelsior, Minn.). Association records, 1900-1969. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Swanson, Hilding Alfred, 1885-ca.1964. Hilding A. Swanson papers, 1873-1965. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Association Records., 1904-2009. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Nolan, W. I. (William Ignatius), 1874-1943. W. I. Nolan papers, 1900-1943. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Preus, J. A. O. (Jacob Aall Ottesen), 1883-1961. J.A.O. Preus and family papers, 1853-1946. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Burnquist, J. A. A. (Joseph Alfred Arner), 1879-1961. J. A. A. Burnquist papers, 1884-1961. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Hjalmar Petersen papers., 1907-1968. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Petersen, Hjalmar, 1890-1968. Hjalmar Petersen papers, 1907-1968. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Lockwood, John C., 1857-1928. Papers of John C. Lockwood, 1860-1926 (bulk 1920-1925). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Central Council of District Clubs (Saint Paul, Minn.). Organization records, 1928-1940. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Minnesota Music Teachers Association. Association records, 1904-2009. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 1787 - 2004. Subject and Policy Files. 1893 - 1957. Investigation of Allegations of Discourteous Treatment By Immigration Employees in Winnipeg, Canada National Archives at Washington, D.C
creatorOf Harold Knutson congressional files., 1919-1948. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Association records., 1900-1969. Minnesota Historical Society
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United States
Bills, Legislative
Farm mortgages
International relations
Military pensions
New Deal, 1933-1939
Ojibwa Indians
Ojibwa Indians
World War, 1939-1945


Birth 1880-10-20

Death 1953-08-21




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