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Congressman John M. Baer of North Dakota, elected by the organized farmers
Congressman John M. Baer of North Dakota, elected by the organized farmers
TitleCongressman John M. Baer of North Dakota, elected by the organized farmers
Date of Original1919-03-31
CreatorFoss, Bart O., 1892-1957
Creator RoleArtist
DescriptionPortrait of John Miller Baer on cover of Nonpartisan Leader.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectPolitics & Government
Subject (LCTGM)Legislators
Portrait drawings
Personal NameBaer, John Miller, 1886-1970
Organization NameNational Nonpartisan League
United States. Congress. House of Representatives
LocationNorth Dakota
United States
Item NumberHD1485.N4 N66;
Format of OriginalDrawings
Color images
Dimensions of Original35 x 26 cm.
Publisher of OriginalNational Nonpartisan League
Place of PublicationSaint Paul (Minn.)
Transcription"This Week's Cover - John M. Baer. The second of the Leader series of portrait sketches of League congressmen is that of John M. Baer of the first North Dakota district. Congressman Baer, now on his second term in congress, was born at Blackcreek, Wis., on March 29, 1886. He graduated from Lawrence university at Appleton, Wis., in 1909, and immediately after that removed to North Dakota, where he worked at civil engineering and farming. In the years 1913, 1914, and 1915 he was postmaster at Beach, N.D., and during this period developed his ability as a cartoonist for which he is now famous throughout the nation. His early cartoons in the Nonpartisan Leader were a great factor in driving home the League gospel and in routing the anti-farmer interests. Mr. Baer resigned from the postoffice service in 1915 to give his entire time to the Leader.
When congressman from the first North Dakota district died shortly after election, the farmers nominated Mr. Baer for the position as an independent. In a special election in July, 1917, he secured more votes than all the old party and other independent candidates combined. His congressional career has been especially brilliant. He was the first cartoonist to be elected to congress. He was the first Nonpartisan league man to appear in national affairs. His constituents sent him back again on November 5, 1918, with a vote of over 3, 000 more than was given his opponent.
Among his great efforts in congress was the initiation of the plan to lend $50, 000, 000 to the drouth-stricken farmers of 1917. The plan failed largely through the efforts of the reactionary secretary of agriculture, but the reactionaries were forced to give some relief to needy farmers the following year. His voice has always been heard on the side of the common people, and the farmers are going to send many more like him to congress in 1920." - Nonpartisan Leader, March 31, 1919, 2.
NotesTitle with cover illustration.
Illus. in: Nonpartisan Leader, March 31, 1919, cover.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionNonpartisan Leader periodical collection HD1485.N4 N66
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo
Rights ManagementIn public domain.
Digital IDNPL00041
Original SourceNonpartisan Leader, March 31, 1919
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