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A.C. Townley at Crosby, N.D.
A.C. Townley at Crosby, N.D.
TitleA.C. Townley at Crosby, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1920 and 1929
CreatorThompson, A. M.
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA large crowd gathered to listen to A.C. Townley speak. The railroad tracks and a few buildings of Crosby are visible in the background. Several car roofs are visible in the left-center.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectCity & Town Life
Politics & Government
Transportation
People
Subject (LCTGM)Photographic postcards
Wooden buildings
Crowds
Public speaking
Activists
Personal NameTownley, A. C. (Arthur Charles), 1880-1959
Organization NameNational Nonpartisan League
LocationCrosby (N.D.)
Decade1920-1929
Item NumberA2902
Format of OriginalPhotographic postcards
Transcription"A.C. Townley at Crosby N. Dak A. M. Thomp Phot."--Handwritten on front of postcard.
"While this is not anything great I does show how the crowds used to gather in the early days of the League to listen to A.C. Townley, the father of the organization for justice for the farmer. Remember this was in 1920 or thereabout (you can look up the farmers press of that or other election years near and get the date) and in a corner of the state very sparsely settled at that time. Wish I could you more but haven't felt very well since coming home so haven't got around to look over my records, Can't recall Charles Edward Russel now, but on page 843 of Who is Who in the Central States 1929, by Mayflower Pub. Co. I do see a Charles A. Russell."--Typewritten on back of postcard.
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota History textbook materials
[Is Part Of] North Dakota eighth grade curriculum
Biography/HistoryA.C. Townley was the founder of the Non-partisan League in 1914. This party was socialistically minded, and focused on the needs of small farmers. The party was successful in producing a governor, Lynn Frazier, in 1916. Frazier was recalled, and the party dwindled throughout the 1920s.
Arthur C. Townley was an early leader of the NPL who established firm personal control over the organization and its members. He led NPL legislators in secret caucuses every night during the legislative session. His control over the organization tended to be undemocratic. Some members left the organization because of Townley's socialist ideas and his dictatorial ways. However, Townley was an exciting speaker and could draw huge crowds like this one in Crosby.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionState Historical Society of North Dakota Photograph Collection A
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (A2902)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDshA2902
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