Kittel Halvorson was born in Telemark, Norway; in 1848 immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled near Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin; moved to Columbia County and then to Winnebago County; attended the public schools in Winchester, Wisconsin.
In 1863, Halvorson enlisted in Company C, First Regiment, Wisconsin Heavy Artillery, and served until the close of the Civil War. His service record included participation in the Battle of Missionary Ridge and the Battle of Chattanooga.
Halvorson moved to Minnesota in November 1865 and settled near Belgrade, Stearns County; engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising; justice of the peace 1870 – 1875; chairman of the board of supervisors 1870 – 1880; township assessor in 1880; town clerk 1880 – 1891; member of the Minnesota House of Representatives 1886 – 1888; elected as a Populist to the 52nd United States Congress, (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the 53rd Congress; resumed agricultural pursuits near Brooten, Stearns County, Minnesota; alternate delegate to the Populist Party National Convention in 1896; moved to Tewaukon Township, Sargent County, North Dakota, in 1900 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; returned to Minnesota in 1910 and resumed farming in North Fork until 1924, when he retired.
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1891 – 1893
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