John Flittie

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John Flittie (March 22, 1856 – January 21, 1913) was a U.S. politician who served as North Dakota's first Secretary of State from 1889 to 1892.[1]

Johan Flittie was born in Lesja, in Oppland, Norway. He was the son of Johannes Throndson Flittie and Anna Johannesdotter Flittie.[2] His family emigrated to North America in 1867, settling in Watonwan County, Minnesota.[3] He graduated from Mankato Normal School (now Minnesota State University, Mankato) in 1878 and moved to Dakota Territory soon after.[4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ North Dakota Secretary of State | About the Secretary of State
  2. ^ "Flitti, Lesja herad, Oppland". Matrikkelutkastet av 1950. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ 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. .
  4. ^ Castle, Henry A., Minnesota: Its Story and Biography. Vol. I-III. Chicago and New York, USA: Lewis Publishing, 1915. Vol. III, p. 1605.
  5. ^ North Dakota Blue Book, 2005
Preceded by
Secretary of State of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Christian M. Dahl