Blatnik, John A., 1911-1991

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John Anton Blatnik was born in Chisholm, Minnesota on August 17, 1911. He graduated from Winona State College in 1935 after which he became an educational advisor for the Superior National Forest Civilian Conservation Corps (1935-1937), taught chemistry at Chisholm High School (1937-1939), and served as Saint Louis County Assistant Superintendent of Schools (1939-1941). During 1941 and 1942 he did graduate work in public administration at the University of Minnesota. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1942, spending three and one-half years in the Army Air Corps Intelligence and Office of Strategic Services, including eighteen months of service in Yugoslavia and Italy. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Captain.

In 1940 Blatnik was elected to the Minnesota state senate from the sixtieth district (northeastern Saint Louis County) and authored the senate version of the Minnesota taconite tax law of 1941. He retained his senate seat until his election as U.S. Representative (Democratic-Farmer-Labor party) from Minnesota's eighth district in 1946.

During his tenure in Congress, he served twenty years on the House Committee on Public Works, acting as chairman from 1971-1974. He also served on the House Committee on Government Operations, as chairman of the 1973 Conference of Great Lakes Congressmen, and on the fifteen-member study committee that created the 1972 Water Pollution Control Act. Blatnik was especially active in legislation dealing with water pollution control, flood control, disaster relief, community facilities, community development, education and vocational training, and regional economic development. He authored or co-authored many major bills in these areas, including the Water Pollution Control Act of 1956 (and its 1961 and 1972 amendments); Accelerated Public Works Program, 1962; Water Quality Act of 1956; Area Development Act of 1961; and the Public Works and Economic Act of 1965. Blatnik retired from Congress in 1974.

He married Gisela Hager on April 9, 1955. They had three children: Thomas H., Stephanie, and Virginia. Blatnik died in Forest Heights, Maryland on December 17, 1991.

From the guide to the John A. Blatnik congressional papers., 1889-1991 (bulk 1947-1974)., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Blair Moody Papers, 1928-1954, 1934-1952 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Edward W. Davis papers., 1883-1973. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Winston, Elizabeth M., 1905-2000. Elizabeth M. Winston papers, 1928-1992 (bulk 1973-1979). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf John A. Blatnik congressional papers., 1889-1991 (bulk 1947-1974). Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Voyageurs Region National Park Association. Association records, 1964-1994. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Saint Louis County Club and Farm Bureau Association (Duluth, Minn.). Association records, 1915-1962. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn James L Oberstar Congressional Papers., 1964-2011 Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Carl Bert Albert Congressional papers, 1910-1998, bulk 1946-1998. University of Oklahoma, Bizzell Memorial Library
creatorOf Blatnik, John A. (John Anton), 1911-1991. John A. Blatnik Congressional papers, 1889-1991 (bulk 1947-1974). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Dillis Charles Knapp papers, circa 1920-1981 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Hjalmar Petersen papers., 1907-1968. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Elizabeth M. Winston papers., 1928-1992 (bulk 1973-1979). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961, Papers, 1822, 1831, 1845, 1903-2007 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Duluth CIO Industrial Union Council (Duluth, Minn.). Council records, 1937-1956. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Gerald W. Heaney papers., 1910-2006 (bulk 1946-2006). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Minnesota. Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. Scrapbooks, 1941-1950, 1961-1983 [microform]. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Cole, Noman M., 1933-. Papers of Noman M. Cole [manuscript], 1970-1974. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Minnesota Emergency Conservation Committee. MECC records, 1927-1974. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Blatnik, M. J., Mrs. Newspaper article, [1958]. Denver Public Library, Central Library
referencedIn Roger Hargrave Scrapbooks, Bulk, 1930-1979, 1873-1984 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Friends of the Wilderness. Friends of the Wilderness records, 1917-1981. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Louis Lerman papers, 1917-1978 (bulk 1955-1974). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Association records., 1964-1994. Minnesota Historical Society
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associatedWith Albert, Carl Bert, 1908-2000. person
associatedWith Begich, Nick. person
associatedWith Blatnik, M. J., Mrs. person
associatedWith Cole, Noman M., 1933- person
associatedWith College of Saint Scholastica (Duluth, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Davis, Edward W. (Edward Wilson), 1888-1973 person
associatedWith Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Duluth CIO Industrial Union Council (Duluth, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Friends of the Wilderness. corporateBody
associatedWith Hargrave, Roger, 1911-1980 person
associatedWith Heaney, Gerald W. (Gerald William), 1918- person
associatedWith Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978. person
associatedWith Izaak Walton League of America. Minnesota Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963. person
associatedWith Knapp, Dillis Charles person
associatedWith Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. corporateBody
associatedWith Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. corporateBody
associatedWith Lerman, Louis Edward, 1894- person
associatedWith Minnesota Emergency Conservation Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. corporateBody
associatedWith Moody, Blair, 1902-1954 person
associatedWith Oberstar, James. person
associatedWith Oberstar, James L. (James Louis), 1934- person
associatedWith Olson, Helmer E. person
associatedWith Olson, Helmer E. person
associatedWith Paulucci, Jeno F. (Jeno Francesco), 1918-2011. person
associatedWith Perpich, Rudy, 1928- person
associatedWith Perpich, Rudy, 1928-1995. person
associatedWith Petersen, Hjalmar, 1890-1968 person
associatedWith Range Mental Health Center. corporateBody
associatedWith Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961 person
associatedWith Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. corporateBody
associatedWith Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. corporateBody
associatedWith Saint Louis County Club and Farm Bureau Association (Duluth, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Elections. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Operations. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. Committee on Public Works. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972. corporateBody
associatedWith Voyageurs Region National Park Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Winston, Elizabeth M., 1905-2000. person
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Yugoslavia
Mesabi Range (Minn.).
Cuyuna Range (Minn.)
United States
Superior (Wis.).
Superior (Wis.)
Grand Portage Reservation (Minn.)
Cambodia
Hibbing (Minn.).
International Falls (Minn.).
Boundary Waters Canoe Area (Minn.)
Vermilion Range (Minn.)
Voyageurs National Park (Minn.).
Boundary Waters Canoe Area (Minn.).
Voyageurs National Park (Minn.)
Duluth (Minn.).
Eveleth (Minn.).
Nett Lake Indian Reservation (Minn.).
Arrowhead region (Minn.)
Cambodia
Vermilion Range (Minn.).
Yugoslavia.
Leech Lake Indian Reservation (Minn.).
Hibbing (Minn.)
Grand Portage Indian Reservation (Minn.).
Superior, Lake
Superior, lake.
Minnesota--Duluth
Fond du Lac Indian Reservation (Minn.).
Duluth (Minn.)
Wisconsin--Superior
Chisholm (Minn.).
Chisholm (Minn.)
Eveleth (Minn.)
Leech Lake Indian Reservation (Minn.)
Nett Lake Indian Reservation (Minn.)
International Falls (Minn.)
Fond du Lac Indian Reservation (Minn.)
Mesabi Range (Minn.)
Minnesota
Cuyuna Range (Minn.).
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Electioneering--Minnesota
Producer cooperatives
Consumer cooperatives--Minnesota
Slavic Americans
Community development
Water conservation
Railroads--Minnesota
Slavic Americans--Minnesota
Watersheds--United States
Harbors
Boards of trade
Watershed
Water resources development
Taconite industry--Minnesota
Electric utilities
Boards of trade--Minnesota
Harbors--Wisconsin--Superior
Water--Pollution
Finnish Americans
Water--Pollution--United States
Consumer cooperatives
Iron range--Minnesota--Economy
Finnish Americans--Minnesota
Electric utilities--Minnesota
Harbors--Minnesota--Duluth
Community development--Minnesota
Political Campaigns
Taconite industry
Iron Range--Economy
Water resources development--Minnesota
Railroads
Producer cooperatives--Minnesota
Water conservation--United States
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Birth 1911-08-17

Death 1991-12-17

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