GRONNA, Asle Jorgenson

GRONNA, Asle Jorgenson
State Historical Society of North Dakota
1858–1922

Biography

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, teaching, and business; member, Territorial house of representatives 1889; president of the village board of trustees of Lakota and president of the board of education several terms; member, board of regents of the University of North Dakota 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 as a Republican 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 renomination in 1920; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Sixty-second and Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Sixty-sixth Congress); resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Lakota, N.Dak., May 4, 1922; interment in Lakota Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

North Dakota State University Libraries

Fargo, ND
Papers: Correspondence in Ralph T. Fulton papers, 1907-1952; Simon Veeder Hoag family papers, 1874-1926; Martin O. Thompson papers, 1906-1948; and Henry Luke Bolley papers, 1890-1946. Finding aid.

State Historical Society of North Dakota

Bismarck, ND
Papers: Correspondence in Erastus Appleman Williams papers, 1892-1923; J. Dexter Peirce papers, 1795-1945; and Isaac Post Baker papers, 1872-1924.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Phillips, William W. "Growing Up with the Country: Asle J. Gronna's Apprenticeship." North Dakota Quarterly 39 (Summer 1971): 18-28.

___. "The Life of Asle J. Gronna: A Self-Made Man of the Prairies." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1958.

Schlup, Leonard. "North Dakota Senator Asle J. Gronna and the Isolationists, 1915-1920." North Dakota History 60 (Fall 1993): 13-21.

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