STATE North Dakota
POLITICAL PARTY Republican
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 61st (1909-1911), 62nd (1911-1913)
Representative Louis Benjamin HANNA Biography
HANNA, Louis Benjamin, a Representative from North Dakota; born in New Brighton, Beaver County, Pa., August 9, 1861; attended the common schools of Ohio, Massachusetts, and New York; moved to Dakota Territory in 1881 and settled near what is now Hope, N.Dak.; moved to Page, Cass County, in 1882 and engaged in the lumber business and in mercantile pursuits; member of the State house of representatives 1895-1897; moved to Fargo in 1899 to become vice president of the First National Bank of Fargo; served in the State senate 1897-1901 and 1905-1909; chairman of the Republican State central committee 1902-1908; trustee of Fargo College since 1898; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1904; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, to January 7, 1913; Governor of North Dakota 1913-1917; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator in 1916 and 1926; chairman of the State Liberty Loan Committee in 1917 and 1918; served as captain in the American Red Cross in France during the First World War and was decorated with the Grand Cross of St. Olaf by the King of Norway and cited an officer of the French Legion of Honor by the French Government; chairman of the Republican State campaign committee in 1924; engaged in agricultural pursuits and banking until his retirement; died in Fargo, N.Dak., on April 23, 1948; interment in Riverside Cemetery. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
External Research Collections
State Historical Society of North Dakota Bismarck, ND Papers: 1871-1948, 3 feet. Personal, business, and congressional correspondence, speeches, notes, legal documents, financial and business records, and memorabilia. Finding aid in repository. Papers: In the Frederick C. Angliss letters, 1914; 1926, 2 items. Correspondence from Hanna. Papers: In the Erastus Appleman Williams papers, 1892-1923, ca. 1 linear foot. Business and congressional correspondence. Finding aid in repository. North Dakota State University North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies Fargo, ND Papers: 1914-1948, 10 items. Material related to Hanna’s purchase of the Carrington and Casey Land Company. Papers: In the Frank H. Dickinson Family papers, 1870-1947. ca. 1 linear foot. Correspondence and financial records. Finding aid in repository. Papers: In the Ralph T. Fulton papers, 1907-1952, 48 items. Business correspondence. Papers: In the Katherine Hughes Gumb papers, ca. 1928-1941. ca. 1 linear foot. Correspondence and biographical material. Papers: In the Thomas N. Putnam papers, 1868-1955. 15.5 linear feet. Correspondence. Unpublished finding aid in repository. Papers: In the William A. Scott papers, 1892-1926, 7.5 linear feet. Business correspondence. Papers: In the Ralph D. Ward papers, 1875-1960, 1.2 linear feet. Correspondence. Unpublished finding aid in repository. University of California, Berkeley Bancroft Library Berkeley, CA Papers: In the Arthur Arlett papers, 1912-1921, 6 boxes. A 1916 letter from Hanna to Arthur Arlett about prohibition in North Dakota. University of North Dakota Chester Fritz Library, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections Grand Forks, ND Papers: 1907-1908, 3 volumes. Scrapbooks of clippings relating to North Dakota politics. Papers: In the Samuel Torgerson correspondence, 1895-1952, 2.25 linear feet. Correspondents include Hanna.
Louis Benjamin HANNA Committee Assignments
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