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JOHNSON, Magnus (1871-1936)

JOHNSON, MAGNUS, a Senator and a Representative from Minnesota; born near Karlstad in Ed Parish, Varmland, Sweden, September 19, 1871; attended the rural schools of his native country; apprenticed as a glass blower 1888-1891; immigrated to the United States in 1891 and settled in La Crosse, Wis., where he was a lumberjack; moved to Meeker County, Minn., in 1893 and farmed; president of the Minnesota Union of the American Society of Equity 1911-1914; vice president of the Equity Cooperative Exchange 1912-1926; also served as school clerk and assessor of Kingston, Minn.; member, State house of representatives 1915-1919; member, State senate 1919-1923; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Minnesota on the Farmer-Labor ticket in 1922 and again in 1926; elected on July 16, 1923, on the Farmer-Labor ticket to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Knute Nelson and served from July 16, 1923, to March 3, 1925; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924; resumed agricultural pursuits near Kimball, Minn.; elected as a Farmer-Laborite to the Seventy-third Congress (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1935); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934; resumed agricultural pursuits; served as State supervisor of public stockyards 1934-1936; unsuccessful candidate for the Farmer-Labor nomination for Governor of Minnesota in 1936; died in Litchfield, Minn., where he had gone for medical treatment, on September 13, 1936; interment in Dassel Cemetery, Dassel, Minn.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1923-1941. 4 feet. Constituent and political correspondence, clippings, printed material, and policy statements, relating primarily to his political career and service as U.S. representative, particularly New Deal programs and legislation. Papers documenting other aspects of his career believed destroyed in a fire at his farm. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Hjalmar Petersen papers, 1907-1968; and additional items in various collections.
Oral history: Discussed in interview with Francis A. Johnson, son of Magnus Johnson (1973), 27 pages. Restricted.