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Burnquist, Joseph Alfred Arner "J.A.A."

House 1909-12 (District 33)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 7/21/1879
Birth Place: Dayton, Iowa
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/12/1961
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: J.A.A.
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): Lawyer

EDUCATION

Carleton Academy; Secondary; 1898
Columbia University, New York; A.M.; 1904
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota; A.B.; 1902
University of Minnesota, Law School; LL.B.; 1905

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Lieutenant Governor: Minnesota; 01/07/1913 to 12/30/1915 [Elected]
State Governor: Minnesota (He was First Appointed, Then Elected in the 1916 Election); 12/30/1915 to 01/05/1921 [Appointed]
State Attorney General: Minnesota; 01/02/1939 to 01/02/1955 [Elected]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Mary Louise Cross Burnquist (married January 1, 1906)
Children: Four children: John McLean, Mary Louise, Ruth Mabel, and Rowland Joseph
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was of Swedish ancestry.

He became Governor of Minnesota when Winfield S. Hammond died while in that office.

He was a member of Phi Betta Kappa, Delta Sigma Rho, and Order of Coif.

"Although he was considered a strong candidate to be Speaker of the House in his second term, Burnquist lost his bid for the position as he refused to promise appointments or in any way compromise his Independence." (A History of the Office of Attorney General, 1997)

"Burnquist left the office of Governor in 1921 and returned to the private practice of law. He ran unsuccessfully as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1923 and 1928 and in 1930 for Governor. Seventeen years after his term as Governor, Burnquist reentered the political world and ran for the office of Attorney General." (A History of the Office of Attorney General, 1997)

Total Days Served: 1463

SESSIONS SERVED

37th Legislative Session (1911-1912)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 33
Elected: 11/8/1910
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/3/1911 to 1/6/1913
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Banks and Banking
  • Education
  • Judiciary
  • Municipal Legislation
  • State Normal Schools (Chair)
  • Tri-County (Hennepin, Ramsey and St. Louis Counties)
  • University and University Lands

36th Legislative Session (1909-1910)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 33
Elected: 11/3/1908
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/5/1909 to 1/2/1911
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Banks and Banking
  • Education
  • Judiciary
  • Local Bills
  • Reapportionment
  • State Normal Schools
  • Taxes and Tax Laws