Mike Holm

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Mike Holm
14th Minnesota Secretary of State
In office
January 4, 1921 – July 6, 1952
Preceded by Julius A. Schmahl
Succeeded by H.H. Chesterman
Personal details
Born (1876-06-17)June 17, 1876
Died July 6, 1952(1952-07-06) (aged 76)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Virginia Paul Holm

Mike Holm (June 17, 1876 – July 6, 1952) was a Swedish-born American politician and the longest-serving Minnesota Secretary of State, serving from January 4, 1921 until his death. His wife, Virginia Paul Holm, later succeeded him in the office. A resident of Roseau, Minnesota, Holm was a Republican.[1] [2] [3]


Mike Holm was born Mikael Hansson in the village of Ringvattnet in Strömsund Municipality of Jämtland County, Sweden to parents Hans Hansson Holm (1833-1919) and Karin Persdotter (1839-1918). The Holm family left their home in Sweden in June 1883 where they traveled to Trondheim, Norway to depart for America. Norwegian police passport records indicate they boarded the S/S Tasso on 20 Jun 1883 and sailed first to Christiania, then to Christiansand, then to Aalesund, and finally arriving in Hull, England. They then traveled from Hull across England to Liverpool, where they departed aboard the S/S City of Chester on 05 Jul 1883 sailing first to Queenstown, Ireland and then on to New York City. They left Queenstown 06 Jul 1883 and arrived in New York on 15 Jul 1883. [4]

The Holm family first settled in Nelson Park Township of Marshall County, Minnesota - where they appear in the 1885 Minnesota State Census. By the time of the 1895 Minnesota State Census, Mike was 19 years of age and no longer living with his parents. Mike Holm was living in the city of Roseau, Minnesota where he married his first wife Maria Severson (1877–1909) on 10 Apr 1897.

Mike and Maria had three children, all born in Roseau, Minnesota: Thelma Larue (b. 1897), Gladys Marie (b. 1899), and Richard H. (b. 1900). Maria died in 1909. Mike Holm married his second wife Bessie Sahra May Christenson (1889–1944) on 15 June 1910 in Roseau, Minnesota. Mike and Bessie had four children: Michael W. (b. 1916 in Roseau), Wava Elain (b. 1917 in Roseau), John Sterling (1920–1998, b. in Roseau), and Donald Gladstone (b. 1922 in St. Paul). Bessie died in 1944, and Mike married Virginia Retta Shoop in 1946 in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota.


  1. ^ Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
  2. ^ "Mike Holm (1876-1952)". Politician members in Minnesota. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Holm, Virginia". Politician members in Minnesota. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hans Hansson Holm". RootsWeb. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Julius A. Schmahl
Secretary of State of Minnesota
Succeeded by
H.H. Chesterman