North Dakota's 2nd Congressional District
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North Dakota's 2nd Congressional District

North Dakota's 2nd congressional district is an obsolete congressional district in the state of North Dakota that was created by reapportionments in 1913, and eliminated by the reapportionments in 1933. North Dakota elected its two Representatives in a two-member at large district from 1932 to 1960, but then resurrected single-member districts in 1962. The district was eliminated by the reapportionment as a result of the 1970 census. The seat was last filled from 1971 to 1973 by Arthur A. Link, who sought the office of Governor of North Dakota after not being able to run again for the defunct seat.

Boundaries

When existing between 1913 and 1933, the district included the capital Bismarck and consisted of the following counties of central North Dakota: Bottineau, Rolette, McHenry, Pierce, Benson, Sheridan, Wells, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Stutsman, Barnes, Kidder, Burleigh, Emmons, Logan, McIntosh, LaMoure, and Dickey.

The 1963 recreation was different, consisting of the western half of the state, again including Bismarck. It contained the following counties: Bottineau, McHenry, Sheridan, Wells, Kidder, Burleigh, Emmons, Logan, McIntosh, Divide, Burke, Renville, Ward, Mountrail, Williams, McKenzie, McLean, Dunn, Mercer, Oliver, Billings, Stark, Morton, Hettinger, Bowman, Adams, Golden Valley, Grant, Slope and Sioux.

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1913
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George M. Young
Republican March 4, 1913 -
September 2, 1924
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
Elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Resigned to become judge of the U.S. Customs Court.
Vacant September 2, 1924 -
November 4, 1924
68th
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Thomas Hall
Republican November 4, 1924 -
March 3, 1933
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Elected to finish Young's term.
Re-elected in 1926
Re-elected in 1928
Re-elected in 1930
Re-districted into at-large district and lost subsequent renomination.
District eliminated January 3, 1933
District re-established January 3, 1963
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Don L. Short
Republican January 3, 1963 -
January 3, 1965
88th Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1962.
Lost re-election.
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Rolland W. Redlin
Democratic January 3, 1965 -
January 3, 1967
89th Elected in 1964.
Lost re-election.
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Thomas S. Kleppe
Republican January 3, 1967 -
January 3, 1971
90th
91st
Elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Arthur A. Link
Democratic January 3, 1971 -
January 3, 1973
92nd Elected in 1970.
District eliminated.
District eliminated January 3, 1973

Election results

Year Candidate Party Votes %
1912 (63rd Congress) George M. Young R 16,912 64.3
J. A. Minckler D 7,426 28.2
John A. Yoder SOC 1,922 7.3
1914 (63rd Congress) George M. Young R 18,680 68.4
James J. Weeks D 7,073 25.9
N. H. Bjornstad SOC 1,553 5.7
1916 (65th Congress) George M. Young R 22,227 71.7
Hugh McDonald D 7,638 24.6
1918 (66th Congress) George M. Young R 20,516 74.5
L. N. Torson D 7,038 25.5
1920 (67th Congress) George M. Young R 34,849 51.7
Ole H. Olson I N-PART 32,618 48.4
1922 (68th Congress) George M. Young R 36,528 69.8
J. W. Deemy PROG 15,834 30.2
Special election (68th Congress) Thomas Hall R 33,460 51.0
Gerald P. Nye D 32,205 49.0
1924 (69th Congress) Thomas Hall R 31,212 42.2
Gerald P. Nye D 28,193 38.1
M. C. Freercks N-PART 14,511 19.6
1926 (70th Congress) Thomas Hall R 33,607 66.3
J. L. Page D 13,635 27.1
C. W. Reichert F-LAB 3,350 6.6
1928 (71st Congress) Thomas Hall R 42,844 61.7
J. L. Page D 26,566 38.3
1930 (72nd Congress) Thomas Hall R 34,063 55.6
P. W. Lanier D 25,780 42.3
Alfred Knutson COM 1,304 2.1

Recreated in 1962

Year Candidate Party Votes %
1962 (88th Congress) Don L. Short R 56,203 54.0
Robert Vogel D 47,825 46.0
1964 (89th Congress) Rolland Redlin D 60,751 52.5
Don L. Short R 54,878 47.5
1966 (90th Congress) Thomas S. Kleppe R 50,801 51.9
Rolland Redlin D 46,993 48.1
1968 (91st Congress) Thomas S. Kleppe R 55,962 49.9
Rolland Redlin D 54,655 48.7
Russell Kleppe I 1,526 1.4
1970 (92nd Congress) Arthur A. Link D 50,416 50.3
Robert McCarney R 49,888 49.7

References

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774-present

Coordinates: 46°49?N 100°47?W / 46.817°N 100.783°W / 46.817; -100.783


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