Walter Maddock

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Walter J. Maddock
15th Governor of North Dakota
In office
August 28, 1928 – January 9, 1929
Lieutenant John W. Carr
Preceded by Arthur G. Sorlie
Succeeded by George F. Shafer
14th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
In office
January 7, 1925 – August 28, 1928
Governor Arthur G. Sorlie
Preceded by Frank H. Hyland
Succeeded by John W. Carr
Personal details
Born September 13, 1880
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Died January 25, 1951 (aged 70)
Political party Republican (NPL)

Walter Jeremiah Maddock (September 13, 1880 – January 25, 1951) was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1914 to 1924, and became the 14th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota in 1925. Maddock became the 15th Governor of North Dakota in 1928 when Arthur G. Sorlie died in office, and became the first governor born in North Dakota.

Biography[edit]

Maddock received his education at Northwestern Business College in Grand Forks, North Dakota.[1] He was married on October 30, 1906, to Margarite Tierney and they had five children, Wallace, Jerome, Dore R. V., Bernard, and Margarite.[2]

Career[edit]

Maddock's first involvement with politics was as one of the founders of the Nonpartisan League.[3] He was a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1915 through 1923.[4] Maddock became the Lieutenant Governor in 1925 and upon the death of Governor Sorlie, he assumed the governorship in 1928. He served the remainder of Sorlie's term and sought re-election, but he failed to win the race against George F. Shafer. In the 1928 election, he did something rare when he switched parties from Republican to Democratic.

After being defeated in the election, Maddock returned to farming and was active in organizing farmers' cooperatives. Maddock was a very strong supporter of the Nonpartisan League, and he supported state-owned industries (Bank of North Dakota and the State Mill and Elevator). [1] In 1933, Maddock became senior administrative officer of the regional Agricultural Adjustment Administration. From 1937 until his retirement in 1950, he served as head of North Dakota's Farm Security Administration office.

Death[edit]

Maddock died on January 25, 1951, and is buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bismark, Burleigh County, North Dakota USA.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walter Maddock". Nationa Governors Association. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Walter Maddock". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Walter Maddock". National Governors Association. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Walter Maddock". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Walter Maddock". Find A Grave. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank H. Hyland
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
January 7, 1925 – August 28, 1928
Succeeded by
John W. Carr
Preceded by
Arthur G. Sorlie
Governor of North Dakota
August 28, 1928 – January 9, 1929
Succeeded by
George F. Shafer