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Hartle, John A.

House 1935-62 (District 16); House 1963-66 (District 8); House 1967-68 (District 3A)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election

Counties Served:  Steele

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/6/1891 (uncertain)
Birth Place: Havana Township, Minnesota
Birth County: Steele
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 4/5/1979
Gender: Male
Religion: United Church of Christ, Presbyterian
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Owatonna
Occupation (when first elected): Farm Owner/Breeder of Purebred Livestock

EDUCATION

Steele County Country Schools; Elementary School;
Owatonna High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1908

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Board/Commissioner: Steele County, Minnesota (County Fair Board); 19?? to 19??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Ruth
Children: Two children: Robert Austin (son), Dorothy (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Dean Pickett Hartle  - Nephew

GENERAL NOTES

The Minnesota Legislative Manuals and Toensing list his birth year as 1892, his obituaries, House Resolution No. 18 from 1979, and death certificate list 1891.

He was a member of the Republican Party. "Some Conservative leaders in the House in recent years are now active Republicans...John A. Hartle, former speaker and long-time majority leader, was state chairman." (Mitau, G. Theodore. Politics in Minnesota, 1970, p. 90.)

"Hartle is the Minnesota Republican state chairman, an office to which he was elected shortly after the 1955 session convened." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. John A. Hartle." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)

He was born on a farm.

He was a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Shriners, Elks, and Lions Club.

He died at Owatonna City Hospital in Steele County, Minnesota. His funeral was held at Associated Church in Owatonna, Minnesota.

He was a member of Associated Church in Owatonna, Minnesota.

Religion provided by his obituary.

Total Days Served: 12418

SESSIONS SERVED

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/6/1969
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer/Breeder of Purebred Hogs
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Government Employee Security
  • Highways
  • Insurance and Securities
  • Rules
  • Taxes (Chair)

64th Legislative Session (1965-1966)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 08
Elected: 11/3/1964
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/5/1965 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer, Breeder of Purebred Hogs
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Education (Chair)
  • Highways
  • Insurance
  • Rules
  • Taxes

63rd Legislative Session (1963-1964)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 08
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/4/1965
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Education (Chair)
  • Highways
  • Insurance
  • Rules
  • Taxes

62nd Legislative Session (1961-1962)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/8/1960
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/3/1961 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer/Breeder of Purebred Hogs
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Employees Compensation
  • Health
  • Highways
  • Taxes

61st Legislative Session (1959-1960)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/2/1961
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Employees Compensation
  • Highways
  • Insurance
  • Taxes

60th Legislative Session (1957-1958)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/6/1956
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/8/1957 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Hartle is the Minnesota Republican state chairman, an office to which he was elected shortly after the 1955 session convened." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. John A. Hartle." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Employees Compensation
  • Highways
  • Insurance
  • Penal Institutions
  • Taxes

59th Legislative Session (1955-1956)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/2/1954
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/4/1955 to 1/7/1957
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer/Breeder of Purebred Hogs
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Hartle is the Minnesota Republican state chairman, an office to which he was elected shortly after the 1955 session convened." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. John A. Hartle." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Education
  • Highways
  • Insurance
  • Taxes
  • Temperance and Liquor Control
Leadership Position: Minority Leader

58th Legislative Session (1953-1954)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/5/1952
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/6/1953 to 1/3/1955
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer/Breeder of Purebred Livestock
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Some Conservative leaders in the House in recent years are now active Republicans...John A. Hartle, former speaker and long-time majority leader, was state chairman." (Mitau, G. Theodore. Politics in Minnesota, 1970, p. 90.)
Committees:
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House
Leadership Notes: "Some Conservative leaders in the House in recent years are now active Republicans...John A. Hartle, former speaker and long-time majority leader, was state chairman." (Mitau, G. Theodore. Politics in Minnesota, 1970, p. 90.)

57th Legislative Session (1951-1952)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/7/1950
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/2/1951 to 1/5/1953
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer/Breeder of Purebred Livestock
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Some Conservative leaders in the House in recent years are now active Republicans...John A. Hartle, former speaker and long-time majority leader, was state chairman." (Mitau, G. Theodore. Politics in Minnesota, 1970, p. 90.)
Committees:
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House
Leadership Notes: "Some Conservative leaders in the House in recent years are now active Republicans...John A. Hartle, former speaker and long-time majority leader, was state chairman." (Mitau, G. Theodore. Politics in Minnesota, 1970, p. 90.)

56th Legislative Session (1949-1950)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/2/1948
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/4/1949 to 1/1/1951
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer/Breeder of Purebred Livestock
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Some Conservative leaders in the House in recent years are now active Republicans...John A. Hartle, former speaker and long-time majority leader, was state chairman." (Mitau, G. Theodore. Politics in Minnesota, 1970, p. 90.)
Committees:
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House
Leadership Notes: "Some Conservative leaders in the House in recent years are now active Republicans...John A. Hartle, former speaker and long-time majority leader, was state chairman." (Mitau, G. Theodore. Politics in Minnesota, 1970, p. 90.)

55th Legislative Session (1947-1948)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/5/1946
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/7/1947 to 1/3/1949
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer/Breeder of Purebred Livestock
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Civil Administration (Chair)
  • Education
  • Rules

54th Legislative Session (1945-1946)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/7/1944
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/2/1945 to 1/6/1947
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer/Breeder of Purebred Livestock
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Civil Administration (Chair)
  • Insurance
  • Rules

53rd Legislative Session (1943-1944)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/3/1942
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/5/1943 to 1/1/1945
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer/Breeder of Purebred Livestock
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Civil Administration (Chair)
  • Insurance
  • Rules

52nd Legislative Session (1941-1942)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/5/1940
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/7/1941 to 1/4/1943
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Breeder of Purebred Livestock
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Civil Administration (Chair)
  • Education
  • Insurance
  • Rules

51st Legislative Session (1939-1940)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/8/1938
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/3/1939 to 1/6/1941
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Breeder of Purebred Livestock
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Insurance
  • Labor
  • Markets and Marketing (Chair)
  • Rules
  • University and State Schools

50th Legislative Session (1937-1938)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/3/1936
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/5/1937 to 1/2/1939
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farm Owner/Breeder of Purebred Livestock
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Insurance
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Public Buildings
  • State and County Fairs
  • Telephones and Telegraphs
  • Towns and Counties

49th Legislative Session (1935-1936)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 16
Elected: 11/6/1934
Residence: Owatonna
Term of Office: 1/8/1935 to 1/4/1937
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farm Owner/Breeder of Purebred Livestock
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Board of Control
  • Dairy Products and Live Stock
  • Insurance
  • Markets and Marketing
  • State and County Fairs
  • Taxes and Tax Laws
Articles & Books About
"Former Legislator John A. Hartle Dies Thursday (Obituary)." Claremont News, April 12, 1979.

John A. Hartle Memorial. Minnesota Journal of the House, April 12, 1979, p. 1044-1045.

"John A. Hartle (Opinion/Obituary)." Owatonna People's Press, April 8, 1979, p. 4.

"Ex-Rep. John Hartle, Owatonna, Dies at 87 (Obituary)." Minneapolis Tribune, April 7, 1979.

Ringhofer, Jerry. "Hartle Remembered by Quie as an Outstanding State Leader (Obituary)." Owatonna People's Press, April 7, 1979, p. 1-2.

"Ex-Speaker John Hartle is Dead at 87 (Obituary)." St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 6, 1979.

“Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. John A. Hartle." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957.