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VOLSTEAD, Andrew John (1860-1947)

VOLSTEAD, ANDREW JOHN, a Representative from Minnesota; born near Kenyon, Goodhue County, Minn., October 31, 1860; attended the public schools of the district and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; was graduated from Decorah Institute, Decorah, Iowa, in 1881; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1883 and commenced practice in Lac qui Parle County, Minn.; moved to Grantsburg, Wis., in 1885, and in the following year to Granite Falls, Yellow Medicine County, Minn.; member of the board of education and served as president; city attorney of Granite Falls; prosecuting attorney of Yellow Medicine County 1886-1902; mayor of Granite Falls 1900-1902; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1923); chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses); introduced the National Prohibition Act, passed in October 1919; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of law, and resided in Granite Falls, Minn., until his death there January 20, 1947; interment in City Cemetery.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1868-1955, 3 cubic feet.
The papers of Andrew John Volstead include correspondence, clippings, legislative material, and other papers, relating especially to prohibition and the Volstead Act, drainage legislation, cooperative marketing for farmers, and other issues and activities during his congressional service; speeches and invitations; and personal and family memorabilia. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the Frank A. Day Papers, 1889-1928, 2 cubic feet.
Other authors include Andrew John Volstead.

Papers: In the John and Norman Lind Papers, 1870-1933, 6.75 cubic feet.
Other authors include Andrew John Volstead.

Papers: In the J. A. O. Preus and Family Papers, 1853-1946, 15.5 cubic feet.
Other authors include Andrew John Volstead.

Papers: In the Edward E. Slettom Papers, 1957-1994, 0.25 cubic foot.
Other authors include Andrew John Volstead.


Stanford University
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, CA
Papers: In the David Starr Jordan Papers, 1794-1950, 88 boxes.
Other authors include Andrew John Volstead.


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the American Council on Alcohol Problems Records, 1916-1969, 7 linear feet.
Correspondents include Andrew John Volstead. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

Papers: In the Earl C. Michener papers, ca. 1898-1954, 13 linear feet.
Other authors include Andrew John Volstead. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.

  • Guth, James L. "Farmer Monopolies, Cooperatives, and the Intent of Congress: Origins of the Capper-Volstead Act." Agricultural History 56 (January 1982): 67-82.