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William Langer Papers, 1900-1959
"LANGER, William, a Senator from North Dakota; born on a farm in Everest Township, near Casselton, Cass County, N.Dak., September 30, 1886; attended the rural schools; graduated from the law department of the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks in 1906 and from Columbia University, New York City in 1910; admitted to the bar in 1911 and began practice in Mandan, N.Dak.; State’s attorney of Morton County, N.Dak., 1914-1916; moved to Bismarck, N.Dak., in 1916 and continued the practice of law; attorney general of North Dakota 1916-1920; legal adviser for Council of Defense during the First World War; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1920; Governor of North Dakota January 1933 to July 1934, when he was removed by the State supreme court; again Governor 1937-1939; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for United States Senator in 1938; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1940; though there was an attempt to block his seating, Langer took his seat in the Senate in 1941; reelected in 1946, 1952, and again in 1958, and served from January 3, 1941, until his death in Washington, D.C., November 8, 1959; chairman, Committee on the Post Office and Civil Service (Eightieth Congress), Committee on the Judiciary (Eighty-third Congress); lay in state in the Senate chamber November 10, 1959; interment in St. Leo’s Catholic Cemetery, Casselton, N.Dak."
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Geelan, Agnes. The Dakota Maverick: the political life of William Langer, also known as "Wild Bill" Langer. 1975.
Langer, William. The Nonpartisan League: It's Birth, Activities, and Leaders. 1920.
Holzworth, John M. The fighting governor: the story of William Langer and the state of North Dakota. Chicago: The Pointer Press, 1938.
The William Langer Papers date from 1900 to 1959. The collection consists of materials related to his legal and political career, spanning both his pre-Senatorial life and his long tenure in the U.S. Senate. Much of the collection contains correspondence with constituents, family, friends, and prominent political figures in North Dakota and beyond. In addition, the collection contains over one hundred boxes of his personal legal files. The correspondence is divided into subjects as well as by year and name. In addition to correspondence, other materials in the collection includes political pamphlets and newspaper clippings.
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