He was a member of the Socialist party. (Minnesota History, Fall 1990, p. 87; and Buell, C.J. The Minnesota Legislature of 1915, p. 97)
"This could not be done, however, for the two Socialists, Devold and Strand, refused to vote for Parker..." (Buell, C.J. The Minnesota Legislature of 1917, p. 9)
Toensing and the In Memoriam, 1941 publication lists his birth year as 1881. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1915 lists 1880.
Toensing and the Minnesota Journal of the Senate list his death year as 1940; the Minnesota Historical Society death certificates index lists 1939.
He was of Norwegian ancestry. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden of Norwegian parents. (Legislative Manual, 1925.)
He moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1893, with his mother.
He ran for the United States Senate in 1936 but was defeated.
He died of heart trouble in Hennepin County, Minnesota.