Johan Flittie was born in Lesja, in Oppland, Norway. He was the son of Johannes Throndson Flittie and Anna Johannesdotter Flittie. His family emigrated to North America in 1867, settling in Watonwan County, Minnesota. He graduated from Mankato Normal School (now Minnesota State University, Mankato) in 1878 and moved to Dakota Territory soon after. He was a member of the Dakota Territorial Council (the upper house of the territorial legislature) in 1885-1886, and won election as a Republican to the newly created office of Secretary of State in 1889. After serving an abbreviated 1-year term, he was re-elected to a full 2-year term in 1890. He did not seek re-election in 1892. He died in Williston, North Dakota.
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- "Flitti, Lesja herad, Oppland". Matrikkelutkastet av 1950. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
- Arnfinn Kjelland, Bygdebok for Lesja - Bind 2 - 1992, s.521. Website: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2007-09-12..
- Castle, Henry A., Minnesota: Its Story and Biography. Vol. I-III. Chicago and New York, USA: Lewis Publishing, 1915. Vol. III, p. 1605.
- North Dakota Blue Book, 2005
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