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Usher L. Burdick


Usher Lloyd Burdick (February 21, 1879 — August 19, 1960) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from North Dakota. He was the father of Quentin N. Burdick.

Early life and career

Born in Owatonna, Minnesota, Burdick moved with his parents to Dakota Territory in 1882. He graduated from the North Dakota State Normal School at Mayville in 1900.

He was deputy superintendent of schools of Benson County from 1900 to 1902. He graduated from University of Minnesota Law School in 1904, teaching school in a business college while attending the university. He was admitted to the North Dakota State Bar in 1904 and commenced practice in Munich, North Dakota.

Politics

He served as member of the North Dakota House of Representatives 1907 to 1911, serving as speaker in 1909. He moved to Williston in 1910 and continued the practice of law. He was the eighth Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota from 1911 to 1913, state's attorney of Williams County from 1913 to 1915, and served as assistant United States district attorney for North Dakota from 1929 to 1932. Burdick also engaged in livestock breeding and farming and was an author.

Burdick was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination to the 73rd Congress in 1932, but Burdick was elected as a Republican to the 74th Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1945). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1944, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator for North Dakota. He was an unsuccessful Independent candidate for election in 1944 to the 79th Congress. Burdick was elected to the 81st Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1959). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1958.

Death

Burdick died in Washington, D.C. on August 19, 1960 and was interred on his ranch at Williston, North Dakota, aged 81.

Political offices
Preceded by
Robert S. Lewis
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
1911–1913
Succeeded by
Anton T. Kraabel
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Preceded by
James H. Sinclair
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's at-large congressional district

1935–1945
Succeeded by
Charles R. Robertson
Preceded by
Charles R. Robertson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's at-large congressional district

1949–1959
Succeeded by
Quentin N. Burdick

References

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