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Einar Hoidale

Einar Hoidale (August 17, 1870 – December 5, 1952) was a Norwegian-American politician. Born in Tromsø, Norway, he immigrated to the United States at the age of seven. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1898.[1] As a lawyer and a businessman he became a prominent member of the community in Minnesota. He was the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate from Minnesota in 1930. He was elected at-large to the United States House of Representatives and served in the 73rd Congress from 1933 to 1935 as a Democrat. He lost a subsequent election after being nominated again for the U.S. Senate.

In both of his Senate campaigns, Hoidale was involved in competitive 3-way races with Republican and Farmer Labor Party candidates, and came in second place both times. In 1930, he was barely defeated by Republican incumbent Thomas Schall, with 36% of the vote, well ahead of former Congressman and future senator Ernest Lundeen of the Farmer Labor Party. In 1934, he lost decisively to Farmer Labor incumbent Henrik Shipstead, with 29% of the vote.


  1. ^ Corrine Charais, Political Action Among Alumni, Perspectives, Spring 2007 (page 18).

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1933 – 1935
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