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Quentin Northrup BURDICK

(1908-1992)
Senate Years of Service:
1960-1992
Party:
Democrat

BURDICK, Quentin Northrup, (son of Usher L. Burdick, husband of Jocelyn Birch Burdick), a Representative and a Senator from North Dakota; born in Munich, Cavalier County, N.Dak., June 19, 1908; attended the public schools; graduated, University of Minnesota 1931 and from the law department of the same university 1932; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Fargo, N.Dak.; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth Congress and served from January 3, 1959, until his resignation August 8, 1960; elected to the United States Senate June 28, 1960, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William Langer; reelected in 1964, 1970, 1976, 1982, and again in 1988, and served from August 8, 1960, until his death; chairman, Committee on Environment and Public Works (One Hundredth through One Hundred Second Congresses); died of a heart attack in Fargo, N. Dak., September 8, 1992; remains were cremated, and ashes interred in Bohemian National Cemetery in Hutchinson, Minn.

Bibliography

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives; Burdick, Quentin. “Impressions of Congress.” North Dakota Quarterly 27 (Spring 1959): 29-32; Rylance, Dan. Quentin Burdick: The Gentle Warrior. Fargo: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 2007; U.S. Congress. Memorial Services for Quentin N. Burdick. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1992.

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

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