Joseph M. Devine served as governor for less than one year. As lieutenant governor, he finished the term after Governor Frank A. Briggs died in office. Devine was known primarily for his efforts as an educator. He served two terms as lieutenant governor and part of a term as Governor.Prior to serving as lieutenant governor, Devine was superintendent of schools in LaMoure County. He also served as president of the North Dakota Education Association. After his brief stint as governor, Devine was elected lieutenant governor again. In 1900 he became state superintendent of schools. He became executive head of the State Training School at Mandan in 1914, and was appointed state immigration commissioner in 1922.Lieutenant Governor Joseph McMurry Devine became governor after Frank Briggs died in office. Devine was noted primarily for his work in the field of education.
Former Governor Devine was among the dignitaries who dedicated the Peace Monument at Cannonball, September 3, 1932.
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