Herman Carl Andersen

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Herman Carl Andersen (January 27, 1897 – July 26, 1978) was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota


Herman Carl Andersen was born in Newcastle, King County, Washington. He was the son of Charles Carl Andersen (1858-1940?) and Lorena Nielson (1868–1946). Charles C. Andersen emigrated from Denmark in the late 1870s. The family moved to a farm near Tyler, Lincoln County, Minnesota, in 1901. The elder Andersen returned to mining and became superintendent of a large coal mine owned by Northern Pacific Railway at Red Lodge, Montana, where H. Carl graduated from high school in 1913. He attended the University of Washington and later the U.S. Naval Academy. While aboard the battleship USS Wyoming (BB-32) in 1917, a gun blast partially impaired his hearing and he was unable to qualify for further service


Andersen engaged in cattle raising and agricultural pursuits 1919 – 1925 and as a civil engineer 1925 – 1930. From 1926 to 1928 he was employed in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He resumed agricultural pursuits near Tyler, Minnesota, 1930 – 1938. He served as member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1935. He was elected as a Republican to the 76th, 77th, 78th, 79th, 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 84th, 85th, 86th, and 87th congresses, (January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1963). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination as an Independent in 1962 to the 88th congress.

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He resided in Falls Church, Virginia and died in Arlington, Virginia. He was cremated and his ashes interred in Danebod Lutheran Cemetery, Tyler, Minnesota.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Paul John Kvale
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 7th congressional district
1939 – 1963
Succeeded by
Odin Langen