Robert Byrne (North Dakota politician)

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Robert Byrne
8th North Dakota Secretary of State
In office
January 1, 1925 – December 31, 1934
Governor Ragnvald Nestos
Arthur G. Sorlie
Walter Maddock
George F. Shafer
William Langer
Ole H. Olson
Preceded by Thomas Hall
Succeeded by James D. Gronna
Personal details
Born February 4, 1886
Died December 31, 1967 (aged 81)
Bismarck, North Dakota
Political party Republican

Robert Byrne (February 4, 1886 – December 31, 1967) was a North Dakota Republican Party politician who served as the Secretary of State of North Dakota from 1925 to 1934.[1] Byrne served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1917 to 1920, and in the North Dakota Senate from 1921 to 1924. He first won election to the Secretary of State position in 1924, and served until he was defeated by James D. Gronna in the 1934 Republican Primary.

In 1930, when the Capitol building was on fire, Byrne was able to save an original copy of the state Constitution from fire, suffering cuts and burns in the process.

He died in Bismarck, North Dakota at the age of 81 in 1967.[2]


Preceded by
Thomas Hall
Secretary of State of North Dakota
Succeeded by
James D. Gronna