Asle J. Gronna
Posted By: Clayton co. Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/17/2007 at 14:28:42
GRONNA, Asle Jorgenson, a Representative and a Senator from North Dakota; born in Elkader, Clayton County, Iowa, December 10, 1858; moved with his parents to Houston County, Minn.; attended the public schools and the Caledonia Academy; taught school in Wilmington, Minn.; moved to Dakota Territory in 1879 and engaged in farming and teaching; in 1880 moved to Buxton, Traill County, and engaged in business; moved to Lakota, Nelson County, in 1887; member of the Territorial house of representatives in 1889; served as president of the village board of trustees and president of the board of education several terms; chairman of the Nelson County Republican central committee 1902-1906; appointed a member of the board of regents of the University of North Dakota by Gov. Frank White in 1902; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1905, until February 2, 1911, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; elected in 1911 to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Martin N. Johnson; reelected in 1914 and served from February 2, 1911, to March 3, 1921; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the United States Senate; resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Lakota, N. Dak., May 4, 1922; interment in Lakota Cemetery.
~Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, pg 1241
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