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Joseph Hurst BALL

(1905-1993)
Senate Years of Service:
1940-1942; 1943-1949
Party:
Republican; Republican

BALL, Joseph Hurst, a Senator from Minnesota; born in Crookston, Polk County, Minn., November 3, 1905; attended the public schools; student at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio 1922-1924, Eau Claire (Wis.) Normal School 1925, and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1926 and 1927; journalist and writer 1927-1940; appointed on October 14, 1940, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Ernest Lundeen for the term ending January 3, 1943, and served from October 14, 1940, to November 17, 1942, when a duly elected successor qualified; elected in 1942 for the term commencing January 3, 1943, and served from January 3, 1943, to January 3, 1949; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948; chairman, Joint Committee on Labor-Management Relations (Eightieth Congress); resumed journalistic activities; shipping executive; lived on a farm near Front Royal, Va., until his death in Chevy Chase, Md., December 18, 1993; interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Va.

Bibliography

Stuhler, Barbara. “Senator Joseph H. Ball: Pioneering Internationalist.” In Ten Men of Minnesota and American Foreign Policy, 1898-1968, pp. 123-44. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1973.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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