Clarence Norman Brunsdale
|Clarence Norman Brunsdale|
|United States Senator
from North Dakota
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|
January 3, 1951 – January 9, 1957
Clarence P. Dahl
|Preceded by||Fred G. Aandahl|
|Succeeded by||John E. Davis|
|Member of the North Dakota Senate|
July 9, 1891|
Steele County, North Dakota
|Died||January 27, 1978
Mayville, North Dakota
Clarence Norman Brunsdale was born in Sherbrooke, Steele County, North Dakota. he was the son of Knute H. Brunsdale (1855-1899) and Anna Margaret (Nordgaard) Brunsdale (1860-1927), both of whom were of Norwegian immigrant heritage. 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.
Brunsdale served in the North Dakota State Senate (1927–34, 1941–51). He was an alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota (1940) and a member of Republican National Committee from North Dakota, (1948–52). He was Governor of North Dakota from 1951 to 1957 and 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. 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.
He was married to Carrie Lajord (1890-1982) on August 30, 1925, and they had two daughters, Margaret Marie (Larson) and Helen Lucille (Williams). Brunsdale died at Mayville, North Dakota in 1978. He was buried in Mayville Cemetery, Mayville, Traill County, North Dakota. 
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Fred G. Aandahl
|Governor of North Dakota
John E. Davis
|U.S. Senator (Class 1) from North Dakota
Served alongside: Milton Young
Quentin N. Burdick