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Henrik SHIPSTEAD

(1881-1960)
Senate Years of Service:
1923-1941; 1941-1947
Party:
Farmer Laborite; Republican

SHIPSTEAD, Henrik, a Senator from Minnesota; born in Burbank, Kandiyohi County, Minn., January 8, 1881; attended the public schools at New London, Minn., and the State normal school at St. Cloud, Minn.; graduated from the dental department of Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill., in 1903 and practiced dentistry in Glenwood, Minn., 1904-1920; mayor of Glenwood 1911-1913; member, State house of representatives 1917; moved to Minneapolis in 1920 and resumed the practice of dentistry; unsuccessful candidate for the United States Congress in 1918 and for governor in 1920; elected on the Farmer-Labor ticket in 1922 to the United States Senate; reelected in 1928, 1934, and as a Republican in 1940 and served from March 4, 1923, to January 3, 1947; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1946; chairman, Committee on Printing (Seventieth through Seventy-second Congresses); died in Alexandria, Minn., June 26, 1960; interment in Kinkead Cemetery.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Lorentz, Sister Mary Rene. “Henrik Shipstead: Minnesota Independent, 1923-1946.” Ph.D. dissertation, Catholic University, 1963; Stuhler, Barbara. “The Political Enigma of Henrik Shipstead.” In Ten Men of Minnesota and American Foreign Policy 1898-1968, pp. 76-98. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1973.

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

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