Ole J. Kvale
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Minnesota's 7th district
March 4, 1923 - September 11, 1929
|Paul J. Kvale|
Ole Juulson Kvale
February 6, 1869
Winneshiek, Iowa, U.S.
Otter Tail, Minnesota, U.S.
|Alma mater||Luther College|
Luther Theological Seminary
University of Chicago
Ole Juulson Kvale was born near Decorah, Iowa. He was one of six children born to Jule Qvale (1836-1918) and Gro Qvale (1833-1910), both of whom were immigrants from Norway. He inherited his family name from the farm Kvåle in Vestre Slidre in the Valdres valley district. He attended rural schools in Winneshiek County, Iowa. He was graduated from Luther College in Decorah in 1890, from Luther Theological Seminary, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1893 and from the University of Chicago in 1914. He was ordained to the Lutheran ministry in 1894 serving parishes in Orfordville, Wisconsin, from 1894 to 1917 and in Benson, Swift County, Minnesota. In 1917, he became the secretary of the Norwegian Synod. 
Kvale had been an unsuccessful candidate as an Independent Republican for election in 1920 to the 67th congress. He was elected as a Farmer-Labor candidate to the 68th, 69th, 70th, and 71st congresses and served from March 4, 1923, until his death. 
He was married to Ida Tonette (Simley) Kvale (1876-1926). They had six children including United States Representative, Paul John Kvale. Kvale died in a fire in his summer house near Otter Tail Lake, Minnesota, on September 11, 1929. His interment was in Benson Cemetery, Swift County, Minnesota.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 7th congressional district
1923 – 1929
Paul John Kvale
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