Ray P. Chase
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Ray P. Chase

Ray P. Chase
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's General Ticket (Seat Two) district

March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1935
District created
District abolished
9th Minnesota State Auditor

GovernorJ.A.O. Preus
Theodore Christianson
J.A.O. Preus
Stafford King
Personal details
BornMarch 12, 1880
Anoka County, Minnesota
DiedSeptember 18, 1948 (aged 68)
Anoka, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceAnoka, Minnesota
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
St. Paul College of Law
ProfessionAttorney, judge

Ray Park Chase (March 12, 1880 - September 18, 1948) was a United States Representative from Minnesota and a Minnesota State Auditor.

Life and career

Chase was born in Anoka County, Minnesota on March 12, 1880. He attended the public schools and graduated from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1903. Chase attended the University of Minnesota Law School in 1904, 1905, 1915, and 1916, but did not graduate. He engaged in the publishing and printing business at Anoka, Minnesota from 1904 to 1914.

Chase served as municipal judge of Anoka, Minnesota from 1911 to 1916, and as deputy State auditor and land commissioner of Minnesota from 1916 through 1920. Chase returned to law school at William Mitchell College of Law (then the St. Paul College of Law) and finally graduated in 1919;[1] was admitted to the bar the same year but did not practice. He was elected state auditor as a Republican in 1920, and served through 1931. He stood unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 1930.

Chase was elected as a Republican to the 73rd congress (March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1935) during a period when the state elected all Representatives at-large. He unsuccessfully sought renomination in 1934 when the seats were again broken into districts. After serving in Congress, Chase practiced law, specializing in legal research from 1935 through 1943. From 1944 through 1948 he served as a member of the Minnesota Railroad and Warehouse Commission.

During the 1938 gubernatorial race, Chase authored a book "Are They Communists or Catspaws: A Red Baiting Article", trying to prove a link between the incumbent Farmer-Labor Party administration and the Communist Party, however the book blatantly introduced anti-Semitism into Minnesota politics as all of his examples were addressing Jews.[2][3] The book helped his side win the election, but it also prompted the organization, Jewish Community Relations Council, to combat local anti-Semitism.[2]

Chase died in Anoka, Minnesota, on September 18, 1948. He is interred in Forest Hill Cemetery in Anoka.


  1. ^ http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000331
  2. ^ a b Patrick Coleman, A Dark Chapter in Minnesoa's Political History, Minnesota Historical Society, January 2009.
  3. ^ Berman, Hyman; Mack Schloff, Linda (May 1, 2002). Jews in Minnesota (1st ed.). Minnesota Historical Society Press. ISBN 0873514181. Retrieved 2015.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Theodore Christianson
Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Earle Brown
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
General Ticket Established
U.S. Representative from Minnesota
General Ticket Seat Two

Succeeded by
General Ticket Abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
J. A. O. Preus
State Auditor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Stafford King

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