STATE North Dakota
POLITICAL PARTY Republican
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 68th (1923-1925), 69th (1925-1927), 70th (1927-1929), 71st (1929-1931), 72nd (1931-1933)
Representative Thomas HALL Biography
HALL, Thomas, a Representative from North Dakota; born in Cliff Mine, Keweenaw County, Mich., June 6, 1869; moved with his parents to a homestead near Jamestown, Stutsman County, N.Dak., in 1883; attended the public schools and Concordia College, Moorehead, Minn.; construction worker for Aberdeen, Bismarck, and Northwestern Railroad, and clerk for Northern Pacific Railroad at Mandan and Fargo, N.Dak., 1887-1894; newspaper reporter at Fargo, N.Dak., 1896-1907; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; city assessor of Fargo, N.Dak., 1903-1907; member of Company B, North Dakota National Guard, 1893-1898 and 1903-1906; secretary of the Progressive Republican committee of North Dakota 1906-1912; secretary of the board of railroad commissioners 1910-1914; secretary of state of North Dakota 1912-1924; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George M. Young; reelected to the Sixty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from November 4, 1924, to March 3, 1933; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; engaged in ranching and farming in Oliver County, N.Dak.; secretary of state of North Dakota from 1942 until his retirement in 1954; died in Bismarck, N.Dak., December 4, 1958; interment in Fairview Cemetery. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
External Research Collections
Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, DC Papers: In the J. Dexter Peirce papers, 1795-1945, 0.25 foot. Correspondents include Thomas Hall. North Dakota State University North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives Fargo, ND Papers: 1938; 1946; 1952, 4 items. Typed manuscript of Thomas Hall’s memoirs. State Historical Society of North Dakota Bismarck, ND Papers: 1919, 19 items of correspondence.
Thomas HALL Committee Assignments
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