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Oscar A. Swenson ( March 27, 1877 – June 20, 1951) was a Minnesota politician and a Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He served two decades in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and another 14 years in the Minnesota Senate. Oscar A. Swenson born in New Sweden Township, Minnesota to Norwegian immigrant parents. His father, Swen Swenson, (1836–1905) was a Minnesota State Representative. His brother Laurits S. Swenson served as an American ambassador.

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  • Oscar A. Swenson ( March 27, 1877 – June 20, 1951) was a Minnesota politician and a Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He served two decades in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and another 14 years in the Minnesota Senate. Oscar A. Swenson born in New Sweden Township, Minnesota to Norwegian immigrant parents. His father, Swen Swenson, (1836–1905) was a Minnesota State Representative. His brother Laurits S. Swenson served as an American ambassador.
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  • Oscar A. Swenson ( March 27, 1877 – June 20, 1951) was a Minnesota politician and a Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He served two decades in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and another 14 years in the Minnesota Senate. Oscar A. Swenson born in New Sweden Township, Minnesota to Norwegian immigrant parents. His father, Swen Swenson, (1836–1905) was a Minnesota State Representative. His brother Laurits S. Swenson served as an American ambassador. Oscar Swenson attended New Sweden Township Rural Schools, Luther Academy, Albert Lea, Minnesota and Gustavus Adolphus College Oscar Swenson was elected to the House in 1912. He caucused with the Conservative Caucus in the then-nonpartisan body, and was selected as speaker in 1931, a position he held for two years. Swenson left the House in 1933, but returned to the legislature after being elected to the Senate in 1936. He held that seat until 1951, serving as chair of the Senate agriculture committee. Swenson died in 1951 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Norseland in Nicollet County, Minnesota. His grandsons, Howard Swenson and Douglas G. Swenson both served the House of Representatives in the late 1990s. Oscar Swenson was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Norseland, Minnesota. He died due to complications from a cerebral hemorrhage at Miller Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. His funeral was held at the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Norseland in Nicollet County, Minnesota. The collection consisting of papers belonging to Oscar A. Swenson are contained inMemorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center at the Minnesota State University, in Mankato, Minnesota.
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  • Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
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