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Governor Allen Olson with Senator Frank A. Wenstrom
Governor Allen Olson with Senator Frank A. Wenstrom
TitleGovernor Allen Olson with Senator Frank A. Wenstrom
Date of Original1983
DescriptionGovernor Allen Olson and Senator Frank A. Wenstrom pose for a photograph. The American and North Dakota flags are visible behind them.
Ordering Information
General SubjectPolitics & Government
Subject (LCTGM)Governors
Portrait photographs
Personal NameWenstrom, Frank A., 1903-1997
Olson, Allen I., 1938-
Organization NameNorth Dakota. Governor (1981-1985 : Olson)
North Dakota. Legislative Assembly. Senate
LocationNorth Dakota
Item Number10474-58
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Transcription"To: Frank My good friend and an outstanding legislator Governor Al"--Handwritten on front of photograph.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Biography/HistoryFrank A. Wenstrom was born July 27, 1903, to James A. and Annie (Kringstad) Wenstrom at Dover in Wells County, ND. He attended grade school in the Bilodeau School District, Wells County, and graduated from Carrington High School. Wenstrom then began his career in the oil business. He married Mary Esther Pickett on June 10, 1938, in Carrington. They moved to Williston, and Wenstrom continued in the oil business until 1943. Wenstrom managed the Williston Chamber of Commerce, 1945-1951, and worked at the First National Bank in Williston from 1951-1960. He served as executive officer of Northwestern Federal Savings and Loan Association of Williston from 1964-1968. From 1957-1960 and from 1967-1986, Wenstrom served in the ND Senate from District 1. From 1963 to 1964, Wenstrom served as 28th Lieutenant Governor of ND under William L. Guy. In 1970, Wenstrom was elected delegate to the 1971-1972 ND Constitutional Convention, and was elected President (or Chairman) of the Convention in 1971. Wenstrom was a member of the University of North Dakota (UND) Foundation board of directors from 1965 to 1997 and received the Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from UND in 1990. He was the first non-lawyer to receive the Upper Missouri Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in May 1991. Wenstrom was a member of the Salvation Army Board of Advisers, Rotary Club, First Union Church, Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, Red Cross of Constantine, KEM Temple and Elks Lodge. Frank A. Wenstrom died in Williston May 12, 1997.
Allen Olson received his law degree from the University of North Dakota, and served in the United States Army as a judge advocate general's corps lawyer. He started his political career in North Dakota as attorney general of the state. He defeated Arthur Link in the governor's race of 1980. Olson ran for reelection in 1984, but was defeated by George Sinner. He returned to private practice of law after leaving the governor's office.
External Resource
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionFrank A. Wenstrom Papers Mss 10474
Collection Finding AidConsult
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (10474-58)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh1047458
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