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Manuscripts by Subject - Politics / Government - #10027

Title: John N. Hagan (1873-1952)             

Dates: 1916-1987

Collection Number: 10027

Quantity: .5 feet

Abstract: The collection contains correspondence, literary productions, printed material, financial documents, and miscellanea. The correspondence includes letters and telegrams that relate to Hagan’s political and public service career and peak during election times. The entire span of the correspondence is from 1916-1957, with 1928 and 1937 having the most activity, with congratulations on nominations and condolences on losing the North Dakota governorship race. The literary productions consist of Hagan’s campaign speeches and other undated speeches as well as addresses given by A. C. Townley, North Dakota Senator Joseph B. Bridston Clarence Haggard. The literary productions included newspaper clippings, articles, and press releases, relating either to the Non Partisan League or Hagan. In the financial documents are checks, NPL donation receipts and NPL North Dakota Highway shop employee payrolls from 1937-1938. Miscellaneous items include Catholic prayer books, J. O. Hagan’s NPL and Republican Party membership cards and J. N. Hagan’s funeral program. Ration books belonging to Frances D. Key from World War II are also included.

Provenance:  The John N. Hagan papers were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Grace Fisher, family friend, on March 15, 1996.

Property rights:  The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to the collection.

Copyrights:  Copyrights to materials in this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access:  This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

From MSS 10027

I was born on a farm in Arcola, Indiana, near Fort Wayne, on October 4, 1873. I attended country schools. Later I attended Normal School at Valparaiso, Indiana and received a B. S. Degree, also completed commercial course and teacher's course. Taught school three years in Indiana. Came to North Dakota in 1900. Principal of St. John School at St. John, North Dakota for three years under state teacher' s license . Began farming 1903 on my homestead near Deering in McHenry County. Owned and operated the homestead ever since and have added to that so that my farm now consists of 960 acres.

Elected as Commissioner of Agriculture and Labor in 1916 – ‘18 - '20 on the Republican ticket for two year terms. Was Supervisor of Grades, Weights and Measures for two and one- half years under the Grain grading law until the law was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. Was Deputy Prohibition Administrator for North Dakota for six years under the Department of Justice with Civil Service status.

Lived on and operated my farm again from 1934 - 1936 inclusive. Re – elected as Commissioner of Agriculture and Labor in 1936 on the Republican ticket.

Was married to Rhea Smith in 1904 and had two sons, both of whom are married and have families of their own.

Was member of School Board, Township Board, Telephone Board and took an active interest in local activities and civic improvements.


Box 1:
1 Correspondence, 1916-1927
2 Correspondence, 1928-1957 & n.d.
3 Literary productions, 1917-1938
4 Literary productions, 1938-1987 & n.d.
5 Financial documents, 1918-1939
6 Printed material, 1917-1984 & n.d.
7 Miscellaneous, 1917-1954        

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