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Lynn Joseph FRAZIER

(1874-1947)
Senate Years of Service:
1923-1941
Party:
Republican

FRAZIER, Lynn Joseph, a Senator from North Dakota; born near Medford, Steele County, Minn., December 21, 1874; moved to Dakota Territory (now North Dakota) in 1881 with his parents, who homesteaded in Pembina County; attended the country schools; graduated from Mayville State Normal School, North Dakota, in 1895, and from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks in 1901; engaged in agricultural pursuits; Governor of North Dakota 1917-1921; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1922; reelected in 1928 and in 1934 and served from March 4, 1923, to January 3, 1941; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1940; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Seventieth through Seventy-second Congresses); resumed his agricultural pursuits; died January 11, 1947, in Riverdale, Md.; interment in Park Cemetery, Hoople, N.Dak.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Briley, Ronald. “Lynn J. Frazier and Progressive Indian Reform: A Plodder in the Ranks of a Ragged Regiment.” South Dakota History 7 (Fall 1977): 438-54; Erickson, Nels. The Gentleman from North Dakota, Lynn J. Frazier. Bismarck: State Historical Society of North Dakota, North Dakota Heritage Center, 1986.

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

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