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Petersen, Hjalmar



Map of Askov
Askov, MN

House 1931-34 (District 56)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Pine

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 1/2/1890 Date of Death: 3/29/1968
Birth Place: Eskildstrup Birth County:  Birth Country: Denmark
Other Names:
Gender:  Male Religion:  Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):  Askov

Occupation (when first elected):  Founder and Editor, Askov American

EDUCATION

Secondary; His formal schooling ended at age 14

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal MayorAskov, Minnesota (Village Mayor) ??/??/19?? to ??/??/19??
Municipal GovernmentAskov, Minnesota (Village Clerk) ??/??/1918 to ??/??/19??
State Lieutenant GovernorMinnesota 01/08/1935 to 08/24/1936
State GovernorMinnesotaAppointed08/24/1936 to 01/04/1937
State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota Railroad and Warehouse CommissionElected01/05/1937 to ??/??/19??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Rigmor C. Wosgaard (married in 1914); Medora B. Grandprey Petersen (married on June 28, 1934; she died on April 7, 1997)
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He became Governor of Minnesota when Floyd B. Olson died while in office.

Before he ran for the Minnesota Legislature he had been a member of the Republican Party. By the time he ran for office he was a member of the Farmer-Labor Party.

"As a state representative from Pine County from 1930-1934, he was a strong Farmer-Labor party member." (Anderson, Kendall. "Income Tax Sponsor Briefly Held State's Top Office." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, April 11, 1997, p. 15.)

He came to the United States with his parents as a baby.

He owned the Askov American newspaper.

He ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Minnesota Legislature in 1926 and 1928.

He was an usuccessful candidate for the Farmer-Labor Party primary endorsement for Governor of Minnesota in 1938. He lost as the Farmer-Labor Party candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 1940 and 1942. He was an usuccessful candidate for the Republican Party primary endorsement for Governor of Minnesota in 1946.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement to run for the United States Senate in 1958.

Total Days Served: 1463

SESSIONS SERVED

Legislative Session: 48th (1933-1934)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/8/1932 Term of Office: 1/3/1933 to 1/7/1935
District: 56 Residence: Askov
Counties Represented: Pine
Occupation: Founder and Editor, Askov American
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "As a state representative from Pine County from 1930-1934, he was a strong Farmer-Labor party member." (Anderson, Kendall. "Income Tax Sponsor Briefly Held State's Top Office." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, April 11, 1997, p. 15.)
Committees:
Civil Administration
Education
Elections
Public Domain
Reapportionment
Taxes and Tax Laws (Chair)
Towns and Counties

Legislative Session: 47th (1931-1932)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/4/1930 Term of Office: 1/6/1931 to 1/2/1933
District: 56 Residence: Askov
Counties Represented: Pine
Occupation: Founder and Editor, Askov American
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "As a state representative from Pine County from 1930-1934, he was a strong Farmer-Labor party member." (Anderson, Kendall. "Income Tax Sponsor Briefly Held State's Top Office." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, April 11, 1997, p. 15.)
Committees:
Education
Military Affairs
Printing and Publishing
Public Welfare and Social Legislation
Soldiers Home, State Bonus and Ex-Service Men
State Prison
Towns and Counties

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