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Senate Years of Service:
Farmer Laborite

JOHNSON, Magnus, a Senator and a Representative from Minnesota; born near Karlstad in Ed Parish, Varmland, Sweden, September 19, 1871; attended the rural schools of his native country; apprenticed as a glass blower 1888-1891; immigrated to the United States in 1891 and settled in La Crosse, Wis., where he was a lumberjack; moved to Meeker County, Minn., in 1893 and farmed; president of the Minnesota Union of the American Society of Equity 1911-1914; vice president of the Equity Cooperative Exchange 1912-1926; also served as school clerk and assessor of Kingston, Minn.; member, State house of representatives 1915-1919; member, State senate 1919-1923; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Minnesota on the Farmer-Labor ticket in 1922 and again in 1926; elected on July 16, 1923, on the Farmer-Labor ticket to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Knute Nelson and served from July 16, 1923, to March 3, 1925; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924; resumed agricultural pursuits near Kimball, Minn.; elected as a Farmer-Laborite to the Seventy-third Congress (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1935); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934; resumed agricultural pursuits; served as State supervisor of public stockyards 1934-1936; unsuccessful candidate for the Farmer-Labor nomination for Governor of Minnesota in 1936; died in Litchfield, Minn., where he had gone for medical treatment, on September 13, 1936; interment in Dassel Cemetery, Dassel, Minn.


Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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