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Edward John THYE

(1896-1969)
Senate Years of Service:
1947-1959
Party:
Republican

THYE, Edward John, a Senator from Minnesota; born on a farm near Frederick, Brown County, S.Dak., April 26, 1896; moved in early childhood to Minnesota with his parents who settled on a farm near Northfield, Rice County; attended the public schools and business college; during the First World War enlisted as a private in the United States Army Air Corps in 1917 and promoted through the ranks to second lieutenant with overseas service; farmer and tractor expert, Minneapolis, Minn.; salesman 1920-1922; appraiser for Federal land bank 1933-1934; deputy commissioner of agriculture for State of Minnesota 1939-1942; elected lieutenant governor of Minnesota in 1942 and succeeded to governorship in 1943; elected Governor in 1944 and served until January 1947; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1946, reelected in 1952 and served from January 3, 1947, to January 3, 1959; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958; chairman, Select Committee on Small Business (Eighty-third Congress); resumed his agricultural interests and maintained an active interest in Republican politics and civic affairs; died in Northfield, Minn., August 28, 1969; interment in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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