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AMLIE, Thomas Ryum

AMLIE, Thomas Ryum
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


AMLIE, Thomas Ryum, a Representative from Wisconsin; born on a farm near Binford, Griggs County, N.Dak., April 17, 1897; attended the public schools, Cooperstown (N.Dak.) High School, the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis; was graduated from the law department of the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1923; was admitted to the Wisconsin bar the same year and commenced the practice of law in Beloit, Wis.; moved to Elkhorn, Wis., in 1927 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry Allen Cooper and served from October 13, 1931, to March 3, 1933; was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; elected as a Progressive to the Seventy-fourth and to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939); was not a candidate for renomination in 1938, but was an unsuccessful Progressive candidate for nomination for United States Senator; nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 to be a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission but subsequently requested that his name be withdrawn; resumed the practice of law; author; resided in Madison, Wis., until his death there August 22, 1973; cremated; ashes interred at Sunset Memory Gardens.

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

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External Research Collections

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the John Toussaint Bernard Papers, 1934-1973, 0.5 cubic foot. Other authors include Thomas Ryum Amlie. An inventory is available in the repository.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: 1897-1973, 36 cubic feet and 1 reel of microfilm. The Thomas Ryum Amlie papers span the years 1888-1966, but are concentrated in the 1930s and 1940s. The collection is divided into three main series: Public Papers, Family Papers, and Organizational Records. The first of these is by far the largest component of the collection and contains Thomas Amlie's correspondence, congressional files, campaign materials, speeches, writings, and a large number of newspaper clippings concerning his career. Family Papers pertain mainly to Gehrta Amlie's activities and to her family, and the final series consists of records of a number of third party and other political organizations with which she was affiliated. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Amlie, Thomas R. Let's Look at the Record. Madison, Wis.: Capital City Press, 1950.

------. The Forgotten Man's Handbook. [Elkhorn, Wis.: T. R. Amlie, 1936].

Long, Robert E. "Thomas Amlie: A Political Biography." Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin, 1970.

Lovin, Hugh T. "Thomas R. Amlie's Crusade and the Dissonant Farmers--A New Deal Wind Fall." North Dakota Quarterly 49 (Winter 1981): 91-105.

Rosenof, Theodore. "The Political Education of an American Radical: Thomas R. Amlie in the 1930's." Wisconsin Magazine of History 58 (Autumn, 1974): 19-30.

Weiss, Stuart L. "Thomas Amlie and the New Deal." Mid-America 59 (January 1977): 19-38.

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