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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesNorth Dakota

Clarence Norman BRUNSDALE

(1891-1978)
Senate Years of Service:
1959-1960
Party:
Republican

BRUNSDALE, Clarence Norman, a Senator from North Dakota; born in Sherbrooke, Steele County, N.Dak., July 9, 1891; resided on a farm near Hatton, N.Dak., until 1899, when family moved to Portland, N.Dak.; attended private and public schools; graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, in 1913; taught business at Portland, N.Dak., 1913-1914; also a farmer and businessman; member, State senate 1927-1935, 1940-1951, serving as president pro tempore in 1943 and majority floor leader 1945, 1947, and 1949; Governor of North Dakota 1951-1957; appointed on November 19, 1959, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William Langer and served from November 19, 1959, to August 7, 1960; was not a candidate for election to the vacancy; resumed agricultural pursuits until retirement in 1968; resided in Mayville, N.Dak., where he died on January 27, 1978; interment in Mayville Cemetery.

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

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