Ole H. Olson

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Ole H. Olson
18th Governor of North Dakota
In office
June 21, 1934 – January 7, 1935
Preceded byWilliam Langer
Succeeded byThomas H. Moodie
16th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
In office
GovernorWilliam Langer
Preceded byJohn W. Carr
Succeeded byWalter Welford
Member of the North Dakota Senate
In office
Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornSeptember 19, 1872
Mondovi, Wisconsin
DiedJanuary 29, 1954 (aged 81)
New Rockford, North Dakota
Political partyRepublican

Ole H. Olson (September 19, 1872 – January 29, 1954) was the 16th lieutenant governor and 18th governor of North Dakota.


Olson was born in Mondovi, Wisconsin. He was the oldest child of nine from parents who had emigrated from Sogn, Norway. After graduating from Concordia College, in Moorhead, Minnesota,[1] Olson moved to Eddy County, North Dakota, and established a successful farm. He married Julia Ramberget on December 12, 1912, and they had four sons and six daughters.[2]


Elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives, Olson served from 1917 to 1919. He was then elected to the North Dakota State Senate, serving from 1919 to 1931, and as president pro tempore in 1929.[3] Olson was elected the 16th lieutenant governor of North Dakota. In 1934, Governor William Langer was removed from office and sentenced to prison after a scandal, and Olson was sworn in as the 18th governor.[4] He served the remainder of Langer's term. During his brief tenure, demonstrators marched on the state capitol and the National Guard was called in.[3]


Olson died in New Rockford, North Dakota, on January 29, 1954, at the age of 81.[4][5] He is buried at Grandfield Lutheran Cemetery in rural Sheyenne, Eddy County, North Dakota.


  1. ^ "Ole H. Olson Papers (North Dakota State University Libraries)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  2. ^ "Ole H. Olson". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Ole H. Olson". National Governors Association. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Former Governor Dies". The Bismarck Tribune. January 30, 1954. p. 1. Retrieved November 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ Ole H. Olson (Exhibits - North Dakota Governors)

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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Clarence E. Omdahl
Democratic nominee for North Dakota Insurance Commissioner
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of North Dakota
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