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C. Norman Brunsdale
North Dakota

Gov. C. Norman Brunsdale

  • January 3, 1951 - January 9, 1957
  • Republican Organizing Committee
  • July 9, 1891
  • January 27, 1978
  • North Dakota
  • Luther College
  • Married Carrie Lajord; two children
  • Senator


C. NORMAN BRUNSDALE, the twenty-fourth governor of North Dakota, was born in Sherbrooke, North Dakota on July 9, 1891. His education was attained at Luther College in Iowa, where he graduated in 1913. He worked as a schoolteacher, farmer and businessman. Brunsdale first entered politics as a member of the North Dakota State Senate, a position he held from 1927 to 1935 and 1939 to 1951. He also served as president pro tempore of the senate in 1943; and was chairman of the 1946 Republican Organizing Committee. Brunsdale next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor in the 1950 general election. He won reelection to a second term in 1952 and to a third term in 1954. During his tenure, water development was improved; and industrial growth was promoted. After leaving the governorship, Brunsdale secured an appointment to the U.S. Senate, an office he held from 1959 to 1960. Governor Norman C. Brunsdale passed away on January 27, 1978, and was buried in the Mayville Cemetery in North Dakota.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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