Volstead, Andrew J. (Andrew John), 1860-1947

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Andrew John Volstead was born near Kenyon, Goodhue County, Minnesota on October 31, 1860. He attended St. Olaf College and graduated from Decorah Institute, Decorah, Iowa in 1881. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1884. He married Helen Mary Osler ("Nellie") Gilruth (1868-1918) on August 6, 1894 and in 1895 their only child Laura Ellen (Mrs. Carl Joys Lomen) was born. He was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives from the 7th District of Minnesota and served from March 4, 1903 until March 3, 1923. He was unsuccessful in his re-election to the 68th Congress.

This collection of papers is mainly related to his authorship of the National Prohibition Act of 1919 (known as the Volstead Act) and his 1922 re-election campaign. The Volstead Act gave federal agents the power to investigate and prosecute violations of the Eighteenth Amendment. It was modified in 1933 to permit the sale of 3.2% beer and wine. He served on the Judiciary Committee for the 66th and 67th Congresses. Volstead resumed the practice of law after his defeat. He died January 20, 1947 and was buried in the cemetery at Granite Falls, Minnesota.

From the guide to the Andrew J. Volstead and family papers., 1868-1955 (bluk 1920-1922)., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Lind, John, 1854-1930. John and Norman Lind papers, 1870-1933. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Preus, J. A. O. (Jacob Aall Ottesen), 1883-1961. J.A.O. Preus and family papers, 1853-1946. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn John and Norman Lind papers., 1870-1933. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Andrew J. Volstead and family papers., 1868-1955 (bluk 1920-1922). Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Slettom, Edward E. Edward E. Slettom papers, 1957-1994. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Hand, Learned. Learned Hand papers. 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
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Relation Name
associatedWith Anti-saloon League of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Bjornson, Gunnar B., 1852-1957 person
associatedWith Bouvier, John Vernou, 1865-1948 person
associatedWith Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925 person
associatedWith Christianson, Theodore, 1883-1948 person
associatedWith Clapp, Moses E. (Moses Edwin), 1851-1929 person
associatedWith Daugherty, H. M. (Harry Micajah), 1860-1941 person
associatedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
associatedWith Kellogg, Frank B. (Frank Billings), 1856-1937 person
associatedWith Kvale, O. J. (Ole Juulson), 1869-1929 person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles August), 1859-1924 person
associatedWith Lind, John, 1854-1930. person
associatedWith Morris Industrial School for Indians. corporateBody
associatedWith Native Races and the Liquor Traffic United Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Nelson, Knute, 1843-1923 person
associatedWith Palmer, Alexander Mitchell, 1872-1936 person
associatedWith Preus, J. A. O. (Jacob Aall Ottesen), 1883-1961. person
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ). corporateBody
associatedWith Slettom, Edward E. person
associatedWith Speer, Emory, 1848-1918 person
associatedWith United States. Congress corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. corporateBody
associatedWith Volstead, Helen Gilruth, 1868-1918 person
associatedWith Wheeler, Wayne Bidwell, 1869-1927 person
associatedWith Williams, John Sharp, 1854-1932 person
associatedWith Woman's Christian Temperance Union. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Mdewakanton Indians--Minnesota
Agricultural laws and legislation--United States
World War, 1914-1918
Agriculture, Cooperative--United States
Drainage--United States
Prohibition--United States
Sedition--United States
Antitrust law--United States
Post office buildings--Minnesota--Montevideo
Loyalty--United States


Birth 1860-10-31

Death 1947-01-20





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