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Johnson, Magnus

House 1915-18 (District 26); Senate 1919-22 (District 26)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election

Counties Served:  Meeker

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/19/1871
Birth Place: Karlstad in Ed Parish, Varmland
Birth County:
Birth Country: Sweden
Date of Death: 9/13/1936
Gender: Male
Religion:
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Litchfield
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer

EDUCATION

Common Schools, Sweden; At Least Elementary School;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Judge: Kimball?, Minnesota (Justice of the Peace); 1??? to 1???
Municipal Government: Kingston, Minnesota (Assessor); 1??? to 1???
School Board/Administration: Kingston, Minnesota (School Board Clerk); 1??? to 1???
U.S. Senator: Minnesota; 07/16/1923 to 03/03/1925 [Elected]
U.S. Representative: At Large, Minnesota; 03/04/1933 to 01/03/1935 [Elected]
State Agency: Minnesota Supervisor of Public Stockyards (State Supervisor); 1934 to 1936

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Harriet
Children: Six children
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was born near Karlstad in Ed Parish.

He came to La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1891 and moved to Meeker County, Minnesota in 1893.

He was an unsuccessful Farmer-Labor candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 1922 and 1926. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Farmer-Labor nomination for Governor of Minnesota in 1936.

He was a member of the Farmer-Labor Party. He was elected, on the Farmer-Labor Party ticket, to fill the vacant United States Senate seat caused by the death of Knute Nelson in 1923.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the United States Senate in 1924.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the United States House of Representatives in 1934.

He died in Litchfield, Minnesota where he had sought medical treatment. He was buried in Dassel Cemetery in Dassel, Minnesota.

"Nearly 4,000 mourners crammed into the Litchfield Opera House for his funeral -- at the time the largest memorial in Meeker County history." (Star Tribune, November 1, 2014)

Total Days Served: 2919

SESSIONS SERVED

42nd Legislative Session (1921-1922) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 26
Elected: 11/5/1918
Residence: Kimball
Term of Office: 1/7/1919 to 1/1/1923
Counties Represented: Meeker
Occupation: Farmer/Vice President, Farmers' Terminal Packing Co./Vice President, Equity Co-operative Exchange of St. Paul/Former Millhand and Lumberjack
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Agricultural Markets
  • Public Domain
  • Public Welfare and Health
  • Taxes
  • Temperance
  • Towns, Counties and Municipalities

41st Legislative Session (1919-1920)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 26
Elected: 11/5/1918
Residence: Kimball
Term of Office: 1/7/1919 to 1/1/1923
Counties Represented: Meeker
Occupation: Farmer/Vice President, Farmers' Terminal Packing Co./Vice President, Equity Co-operative Exchange of St. Paul/Former Millhand and Lumberjack
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Grain and Warehouse
  • Labor
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

40th Legislative Session (1917-1918)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 26
Elected: 11/7/1916
Residence: Litchfield
Term of Office: 1/2/1917 to 1/6/1919
Counties Represented: Meeker
Occupation: Farmer/Vice President, Equity Co-operative Grain Exchange/Vice President, Farmers' Terminal Packing Co.
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Dairy Products and Live Stock
  • Grain and Warehouse (Chair)
  • Public Buildings
  • State School for Dependent Children and Defectives
  • Temperance Legislation

39th Legislative Session (1915-1916)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 26
Elected: 11/3/1914
Residence: Litchfield
Term of Office: 1/5/1915 to 1/1/1917
Counties Represented: Meeker
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Dairy Products and Live Stock
  • Grain and Warehouse
  • Mileage
  • State Prison and Reformatory
  • Telephone and Telegraph