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Gerald Prentice NYE

(1892-1971)
Senate Years of Service:
1925-1945
Party:
Republican

NYE, Gerald Prentice, a Senator from North Dakota; born in Hortonville, Outagamie County, Wis., December 19, 1892; attended the public schools; engaged in newspaper work in Wisconsin and Iowa; moved to North Dakota in 1915; publisher of the Billings County Pioneer, and later editor and publisher of the Griggs County Sentinel-Courier; unsuccessful candidate in 1924 for election to the Sixty-ninth Congress; appointed on November 14, 1925, and subsequently elected on June 30, 1926, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edwin F. Ladd; reelected in 1926, 1932, and again in 1938 and served from November 14, 1925, to January 3, 1945; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1944; chairman, Committee on Public Lands and Surveys (Seventieth through Seventy-second Congresses), Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry (1934-1938); president of Records Engineering, Inc., Washington, D.C., 1937-1959; special assistant for elderly housing, Federal Housing Administration 1960-1964; member of staff, Senate Committee on Aging 1964-1968; associate in firm of Hurley, Clark and Associates, 1964-1971; was a resident of Chevy Chase, Md., until his death on July 17, 1971, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Cole, Wayne. Senator Gerald P. Nye and Foreign Relations. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1962; Larsen, Lawrence H. “Gerald Nye and the Isolationist Argument.” North Dakota History 47 (Winter 1980): 25-28.

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

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