Emil Hurja

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Emil Edward Hurja (22 January 1892, in Crystal Falls, Michigan - 30 May 1953, in Washington) was an American politician.[1] He founded a newspaper called "Breckenridge" in a Texas oil town, and is known to have bummed his way to Seattle in the hayrack of a cattle car from Michigan.[2] Hurja was 6'1" and weighed 218 pounds. He married a blonde girl named Gudrun whose father was a miner in the Yukon.

Hurja was a pioneer of political opinion polling, and an important person during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency in respect of social and economic reforms. He was a son of Finnish immigrants.[3]

Hurja appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in March 1936.[4] He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ Hurja, Sir Emil (1892–1953) Collection
  2. ^ Fortune, April, 1935
  3. ^ a b Emil Hurja
  4. ^ Time Magazine cover
    Time Magazine story