BURTNESS, Olger Burton

BURTNESS, Olger Burton
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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BURTNESS, Olger Burton, A Representative from North Dakota; born on a farm near Mekinock, Grand Forks County, N.Dak., March 14, 1884; attended the country school; was graduated from the academic department of the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks in 1906 and from its law department in 1907; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Grand Forks; prosecuting attorney of Grand Forks County 1911-1916; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1916, 1936, and 1948; member of the State house of representatives in 1919 and 1920; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; resumed the practice of law; city attorney of Grand Forks, N.Dak., in 1936 and 1937; judge of the first judicial district of North Dakota from November 1950 until his death; died in Grand Forks, N.Dak., January 20, 1960; interment in Memorial Park Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

North Dakota State University Libraries
Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives

Fargo, ND
Papers: In the Thorstina Jackson Walters & Émile Walters papers, 1918-1959, 1.4 linear feet. Correspondents include O.B. Burtness.

State Historical Society of North Dakota
State Archives

Bismarck, ND
Papers: In the J. Dexter Peirce papers, 1795-1945, 0.25 foot. Correspondents include O.B. Burtness.

University of North Dakota
Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library

Grand Forks, ND
Papers: 1911-1968, 2.5 linear feet. The Olger B. Burtness Papers consist primarily of personal diaries for 1921 and 1927, as well as personal financial records. Correspondence and material concerning the Dakota Playmakers, and the Sock and Buskin Society at the University of North Dakota. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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