Paul John Kvale

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Paul John Kvale (left) symbolically smoking the peace pipe with Speaker William B. Bankhead (1937)

Paul John Kvale (born March 27, 1896 in Orfordville , Rock County , Wisconsin , †  June 14, 1960 in Minneapolis , Minnesota ) was an American politician . Between 1929 and 1939 he represented the state of Minnesota in the US House of Representatives .


Paul Kvale was the son of Congressman Ole J. Kvale . He attended the common schools, the University of Illinois and the Luther College in Decorah ( Iowa ). In 1917 he came to Benson , Minnesota with his parents . During the First World War he served in a machine gun unit in the US Army between 1917 and 1919 . In 1919 and 1920, Kvale continued his education with a degree at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. On his return to Benson, he published the Swift County News there . In 1921 he worked for the Minneapolis Tribune newspaper.

Between 1923 and 1929 Paul Kvale served as secretary to his father, who was then a congressman. After his death on September 11, 1929, he was elected as his successor to Congress in the necessary by- election. Like his father, the younger Kvale was a member of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party, which was particularly strong . On October 16, 1929 he was able to take up his new mandate in the US House of Representatives. After he was confirmed in the following four regular congressional elections, he could remain in Congress until January 3, 1939. In this time fell global economic crisis . Since 1933, many of the federal government's New Deal laws have been passed in Congress under President Franklin D. Roosevelt . In 1933 the 20th and 21st amendments to the Constitution were also passed.

In the 1938 election, Paul Kvale was defeated by Republican Herman Carl Andersen . Then he withdrew from politics. He did not hold any higher political office until his death in 1960. He was buried in Benson.

Web links

  • Paul John Kvale in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)