Ole J. Finstad
|Ole J. Finstad|
|Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 10th district
|Preceded by||Moses L. Frost|
|Succeeded by||Bjarne Elgar Grottum|
|Born||March 29, 1878
|Died||February 7, 1960
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota Law School|
Finstad was born in 1878 on a farm near Avoca in Murray County, Minnesota. When he was two or three years old, his mother died so he was raised in Christiania Township south of Windom, Minnesota by a Johnson family. He married Mabel Sheets (1882-1958) on April 7, 1906. He died on February 7, 1960, less than two years after the passing of his wife on November 23, 1958. His funeral occurred on February 10 at the Methodist church in Windom.
Finstad attended elementary school in Delafield Township and high school in the Windom public school system. He attended college at the University of Minnesota Law School and received his law degree on June 4, 1903.
Finstad served in the Minnesota Senate from 1931-1946. He served in the 47th-54th Minnesota Legislatures in District 10. Finstad was preceded by Moses Frost and succeeded by Bjarne Elgar Grottum. He also served on the School board in Windom, as a County attorney for Cottonwood County, and as a member of the Minnesota State Historical Society.
- Minnesota Journal of the Senate (PDF). Minnesota State Legislature. 1961. pp. 1088–1089.
- "History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, Minnesota". B. F. Bowen & Co. 1916. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
- "Finstad, Ole J. "O.J."". Legislators Past and Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Frost, Moses L". Legislators Past and Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- "Grottum, Bjarne Elgar "B.E."". Legislators Past and Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved 8 June 2012.