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Christgau, Victor Laurence August

Senate 1927-29 (District 5)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election

Counties Served:  Dodge, Mower

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/20/1894 (uncertain) Date of Death: 10/10/1991
Birth Place: Austin, Minnesota Birth County: Mower Birth Country: United States
Other Names:
Gender:  Male Religion:  Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):  Austin

Occupation (when first elected):  Farming, Christgau Brothers

EDUCATION

Austin High School, Minnesota; Secondary;
University of Minnesota, College of Agriculture; College Graduate; St. Paul Campus, Agriculture and Economics, 1917 (or 1923 or 1926)
University of Minnesota; Attended Graduate School; Business and Economics, 2 years

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

MilitaryUnited States Army, 33rd Regiment of Engineers (World War I, France, Sergeant) ??/??/1917 to ??/??/1918
U.S. Representative1st Congressional District, MinnesotaElected03/04/1929 to 03/03/1933
U.S. Executive BranchU.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Adjustment Administration (Commodities Division Head, Appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt)Appointed06/??/1933 to 02/??/1935
U.S. Executive BranchMinnesota Works Progress Administration (State Administrator)Appointed06/??/1935 to 06/??/1938
State AgencyMinnesota Division of Employment and Security (Director) ??/??/1939 to ??/??/1953
State AgencyMinnesota Department of Employment Security (Commissioner) ??/??/1953 to ??/??/1954
U.S. Executive BranchU.S. Social Security Administration, Bureau of Old Age and Survivors Insurance (Director, Appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower)Appointed??/??/1954 to ??/??/1963
U.S. Executive BranchU.S. Social Security Administration (Executive Director, Appointed by President John F. Kennedy)Appointed01/??/1963 to 03/??/1967

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Muriel Doyle (married on July 30, 1931)
Children: No children
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Toensing lists his birth year as 1895. The Minnesota Legislative Manuals and the Minnesota Historical Society list 1894.

He was of German ancestry.

He was born on a farm east of Austin, Minnesota.

He was an unsuccessful Farmer-Labor candidate for the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota's 1st District in the 1924 primary election.

He ran for the United States House of Representatives as a Republican in 1928.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the United States House of Representatives in 1932. He ran unsuccessfully as a write-in candidate.

He died of pneumonia at George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C. He was buried at St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery in St. Paul Park, Minnesota.



Map of Austin
Austin, MN
Total Days Served: 791

SESSIONS SERVED

46th Legislative Session (1929-1930) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1926 Term of Office: 1/4/1927 to 3/4/1929 (unfinished term)
District: 05 Residence: Austin
Counties Represented: Dodge, Mower
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
Agriculture (Chair)
Education
General Legislation
Reforestation
Taxes and Tax Laws
Temperance
University
Reason for unfinished term: Elected to other office
Session Notes: He was elected to the United States House of Representatives. His actual term end date is uncertain due to his election to another office.

45th Legislative Session (1927-1928)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1926 Term of Office: 1/4/1927 to 3/4/1929 (unfinished term)
District: 05 Residence: Austin
Counties Represented: Dodge, Mower
Occupation: Farming, Christgau Brothers
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
Education
General Legislation
Markets and Marketing
Public Welfare
Reforestation
Taxes and Tax Laws
Temperance
Reason for unfinished term: Elected to other office
Session Notes: He was elected to the United States House of Representatives. His actual term end date is uncertain due to his election to another office.

Articles & Books About
"Victor Christgau, 97, Former Minnesota Congressman, Dies (Obituary)." St. Paul Pioneer Press, October 12, 1991, p. 9A, 12A.

Freeborn, Dan. "Ex-Congressman Victor Christgau (Obituary)." Star Tribune, October 12, 1991.

Christgau, Victor Laurence August. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


Archive Collections
Victor Christgau Papers, 1894-1991 - Available in the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections


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