Clarence Norman Brunsdale

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Clarence Norman Brunsdale
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United States Senator
from North Dakota
In office
November 19, 1959 – August 7, 1960
Appointed by John E. Davis
Preceded by William Langer
Succeeded by Quentin N. Burdick
24th Governor of North Dakota
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 9, 1957
Lieutenant Ray Schnell
1951-1952
Clarence P. Dahl
1953-1957
Preceded by Fred G. Aandahl
Succeeded by John E. Davis
Personal details
Born July 9, 1891
Steele County, North Dakota
Died January 27, 1978(1978-01-27) (aged 86)
Mayville, North Dakota
Political party Republican
Religion Lutheran

Clarence Norman Brunsdale (July 9, 1891 – January 27, 1978) was the 24th Governor of North Dakota and United States Senator of the state of North Dakota.

Biography[edit]

Clarence Norman Brunsdale was born in Sherbrooke, Steele County, North Dakota. He was educated in public schools and the Bruflat Academy at Portland, North Dakota. In 1913, he graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He returned to Portland, teaching at Bruflat Academy and worked the family farm operations in Traill and Steele counties.[1] He was married to Carrie Lajord on August 30, 1925, and they had two daughters, Margaret Marie and Helen Lucille.[2]

Career[edit]

Brunsdale served in the North Dakota State Senate, as Governor of North Dakota from 1951 to 1957 and as U.S. Senator from November 19, 1959 to August 7, 1960. As governor, Brunsdale was an avid supporter of water development projects. During his administration Garrison Dam was completed and the Legislature established the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District. The early 1950s also saw the establishment of the Highway Department and the passage of major highway legislation. Education, agriculture, and mental health issues were also important to Governor Brunsdale.

In 1959, Brunsdale was appointed to the United States Senate upon the death of Senator William Langer.[3] Brunsdale was not a candidate for election to the vacancy and Quentin N. Burdick was narrowly elected to the seat in a 1960 special election.

Death[edit]

Brunsdale died at Mayville, North Dakota in 1978.[4] He was buried in Mayville Cemetery, Mayville, Traill County, North Dakota.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fred G. Aandahl
Governor of North Dakota
1951 – 1957
Succeeded by
John E. Davis
United States Senate
Preceded by
William Langer
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from North Dakota
1959 – 1960
Served alongside: Milton Young
Succeeded by
Quentin N. Burdick