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us: Thye, Edward John, 1896-1969



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    • found: His Papers, 1945-58.
    • found: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, via WWW, December 11, 2013 (Thye, Edward John (1896 - 1969); a Senator from Minnesota; born on a farm near Frederick, Brown County, S.Dak., April 26, 1896; moved in early childhood to Minnesota with his parents who settled on a farm near Northfield, Rice County; attended the public schools and business college; during the First World War enlisted as a private in the United States Army Air Corps in 1917 and promoted through the ranks to second lieutenant with overseas service; farmer and tractor expert, Minneapolis, Minn.; salesman, 1920-1922; appraiser for Federal land bank, 1933-1934; deputy commissioner of agriculture for State of Minnesota, 1939-1942; elected lieutenant governor of Minnesota in 1942 and succeeded to governorship in 1943; elected Governor in 1944 and served until January 1947; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1946, reelected in 1952 and served from January 3, 1947, to January 3, 1959; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958; chairman, Select Committee on Small Business (Eighty-third Congress); resumed his agricultural interests and maintained an active interest in Republican politics and civic affairs; died in Northfield, Minn., August 28, 1969)
    • found: National Governors Association, via WWW, December 11, 2013 (Minnesota Governor Edward John Thye; Edward J. Thye, the twenty-sixth governor of Minnesota; his education was attained at the Tractor and Internal Combustion School in Minneapolis, at the American Business College, and at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated in 1918; after his military service, he worked at the Deere and Weber Company for two years, and then went into the dairy business; Thye entered politics in 1938, serving as the Minnesota deputy commissioner of agriculture, a position he held for three years; he also served as the lieutenant governor of Minnesota from 1942 to 1943; on April 27, 1943, Governor Harold Stassen resigned from office, and Thye, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship; he was elected to a term of his own on November 7, 1944; in 1946, Thye won election to the U.S. Senate, but remained in the governor's office until January 8, 1947; he then took his seat in the U.S. Senate, a position he held until 1959)
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