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FRED G. AANDAHL

Fred G. AandahlTwenty-third Governor

  • Residence: Litchville, Barnes County
  • Years Served: 1945-1951
  • Date of Inauguration: January 4, 1945
  • Age at Inauguration: 47
  • Politics: Republican
  • Born: Litchville, North Dakota - April 9, 1897
  • Died: Fargo, North Dakota - April 7, 1966

Political Background:

  • 1931, 1939, 1941: North Dakota State Senate
  • 1945-1950: Governor of North Dakota
  • 1951-1953: United States House of Representatives
  • 1953-1961: Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior
Governor and Mrs. Aandahl
Governor Aandahl and Mrs.
Aandahl at the North Dakota
governor's residence.

Fred George Aandahl attended a one-room country school near Litchville. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1921. He taught school for five years before becoming Superintendent of Schools at Litchville. He returned to farming in the 1920s, and ran for governor as a "dirt" farmer with a college education. Aandahl was a leader of the ROC (Republican Organizing Committee), a conservative faction within the Republican party. Aandahl was a staunch supporter of the Rural Electrification Administration and Garrison Diversion. As a legislator, Aandahl sponsored the State School equalization fund. Governor Aandahl was a leader of the Republican Organizing Party.

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