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Joseph H. Heckman portrait
Joseph H. Heckman portrait
TitleJoseph H. Heckman portrait
Date of Original1945?
DescriptionJoseph H. Heckman poses for a formal portrait wearing a dark suit and patterned tie.
Ordering Information
General SubjectPolitics & Government
Subject (LCTGM)Legislators
Portrait photographs
Suits (Clothing)
Personal NameHeckman, Joseph Harris, 1879-1962
Item Number00178-04
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Biography/HistoryJoseph H. Heckman was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1879, and started out as a cabin boy before deciding a life at sea was not for him. He moved to Lynn, Mass. where he lived with relatives and attended school. He married Stella Banks of Clarence, N.D. in 1908. In 1910, Heckman worked west of Winnipeg and came to North Dakota to visit a relative. He was determined to move to the state and become a farmer. The Heckman family farmed near Ambrose, N.D. The Heckmans had three children: one son and two daughters, Kenneth, Dorothy, and Elsie. Heckman served on the school and township boards for twenty five years, and was president of the School Officers Association of Divide County. Heckman served in the state legislature in 1941, 1943, and 1944. He was a staunch Nonpartisan League member. At the 1944 Extraordinary Legislative Session, Heckman was one of three legislators that devised a plan where tax support would be provided for public libraries. The bill also specified the means by which county libraries would be governed.
Bibliographic ReferencePorth, Helen L. Joseph Harris Heckman : father of tax-supported public libraries in North Dakota. Bismarck, N.D. : State Historical Society of North Dakota, 1986.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionCynthia Selland Photograph Collection 00178
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (00178-04)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDsh0017804
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