Hjalmar Carl Nygaard

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Hjalmar Carl Nygaard

Hjalmar Carl Nygaard (March 24, 1906 – July 18, 1963) was a United States Representative from North Dakota, elected as a Republican to the 87th and 88th Congresses and served from January 3, 1961, until his death.

Background[edit]

He was born on a farm near Sharon, Steele County, North Dakota. He was one of eight children born to Carl Nygaard and Anna Karene Grimson who had relocated from Decorah, Iowa. Nygaard attended the public schools of Sharon, Mayville State Teachers College and the University of North Dakota.

Career[edit]

Hjalmar Nygaard taught in the rural schools of Emmons and Steele Counties from 1932 to 1935 and then was engaged in the grocery and hardware businesses from 1936 through 1960.

He served as mayor of Sharon and as a member of the school board and then as member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1949 to 1960. He served as majority leader of that body in 1955 and 1957 and as speaker in 1959. He was a member of the National Monument Commission from 1961 to 1963.

On July 18, 1963, Nygaard entered the United States Capitol office of Dr. George W. Calver, physician to Congress, complaining of chest pains. Nygaard then died of a heart attack in Calver's office.[1] He was buried in City Cemetery at Enderlin, North Dakota.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hjalmar Nygaard, Representative, 57". The New York Times. 19 July 1963. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Quentin N. Burdick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 2nd congressional district

1961–1963
Succeeded by
Don L. Short
Preceded by
Don L. Short
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 1st congressional district

1963–1963
Succeeded by
Mark Andrews