Norman Brunsdale

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Norman Brunsdale
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United States Senator
from North Dakota
In office
November 19, 1959 – August 7, 1960
Appointed byJohn E. Davis
Preceded byWilliam Langer
Succeeded byQuentin Burdick
24th Governor of North Dakota
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 9, 1957
LieutenantRay Schnell
Clarence P. Dahl
Preceded byFred G. Aandahl
Succeeded byJohn E. Davis
Member of the North Dakota Senate
In office
Personal details
Clarence Norman Brunsdale

(1891-07-09)July 9, 1891
Steele County, North Dakota
DiedJanuary 27, 1978(1978-01-27) (aged 86)
Mayville, North Dakota
Political partyRepublican

Clarence Norman Brunsdale (July 9, 1891 – January 27, 1978) was an American politician who served as the 24th Governor of North Dakota and a United States senator from the state of North Dakota.[1]


Clarence Norman Brunsdale was born in Sherbrooke, Steele County, North Dakota. he was the son of Knute H. Brunsdale (1855–1899) and Anna Margaret (Nordgaard) Brunsdale (1860–1927), both of whom were of Norwegian immigrant heritage. He was educated in public schools and the Bruflat Academy at Portland, North Dakota. In 1913, he graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He returned to Portland, teaching at Bruflat Academy and worked the family farm operations in Traill and Steele counties.[2][3]


Brunsdale served in the North Dakota State Senate (1927–34, 1941–51). He was an alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota (1940) and a member of Republican National Committee from North Dakota, (1948–52). He was Governor of North Dakota from 1951 to 1957 and U.S. Senator from November 19, 1959 to August 7, 1960. As governor, Brunsdale was an avid supporter of water development projects. During his administration Garrison Dam was completed and the Legislature established the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District. The early 1950s also saw the establishment of the Highway Department and the passage of major highway legislation. Education, agriculture, and mental health issues were also important to Governor Brunsdale. In 1959, Brunsdale was appointed to the United States Senate upon the death of Senator William Langer.[4] Brunsdale voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1960.[5] Brunsdale was not a candidate for election to the vacancy and Quentin Burdick was narrowly elected to the seat in a 1960 special election.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Carrie Lajord (1890–1982) on August 30, 1925, and they had two daughters, Margaret Marie (Larson) and Helen Lucille (Williams). Brunsdale died at Mayville, North Dakota in 1978. He was buried in Mayville Cemetery, Mayville, Traill County, North Dakota.[8] [9] Brunsdale was a Lutheran.


  1. ^ "C. Norman Brunsdale". Soylent Communications. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sherbrooke, ND". Ghost Towns of North Dakota. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "Clarence Norman Brunsdale". Trails to the Past - North Dakota State Governors. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  4. ^ C. Norman Brunsdale (North Dakota Governors)
  6. ^ "C. Norman Brunsdale". State Historical Society of North Dakota. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "Brunsdale, Clarence Norman (1891–1978)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  8. ^ "Edson & Margaret Larson Foundation". Mayville State University. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  9. ^ ND Dept of Health: Birth and Death Certificates

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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of North Dakota
1950, 1952, 1954
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 1) from North Dakota
Served alongside: Milton Young
Succeeded by