Bernard, John Toussaint (1893–1983)

Minnesota Congressman John T. Bernard fought throughout his life for working people against strong opposition. His outspoken and uncompromising views led him, on his second day in office, to cast the single “no” vote in Congress against the Spanish arms embargo. Bernard’s vote proved farsighted as the Spanish Civil War became, in many ways, a “dress rehearsal” for World War II.

Color image of Harold Stassen in his U.S. Naval Reserve uniform, c. 1945.

Harold Stassen

Harold Stassen in his U.S. Naval Reserve uniform, c.1945.

Color image of oil-on-canvas portrait of Harold Stassen. Painted by Carl A. Bohnen in 1943.

Portrait of Harold Stassen

Oil-on-canvas portrait of Harold Stassen. Painted by Carl A. Bohnen in 1943.

Black and white photograph of Harold Stassen and his wife, Esther Glewwe Stassen, c. 1939.

Harold and Esther Stassen

Harold Stassen and his wife, Esther Glewwe Stassen, c.1939.

Black and white photograph of Harold E. Stassen, John Foster Dulles, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, c.1953.

Harold E. Stassen with John Foster Dulles and Dwight D. Eisenhower

Harold E. Stassen, John Foster Dulles, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, c.1953.

Black and white photograph of William Frederick Hasley with Harold E. Stassen and Edward J. Thye, 1945.

William Frederick Hasley with Harold E. Stassen and Edward J. Thye

William Frederick Hasley with Harold E. Stassen and Edward J. Thye, 1945. Photographed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Black and white photograph of Harold and Esther Stassen casting their ballots during an election, c.1940.

Harold and Esther Stassen casting their ballots

Harold and Esther Stassen cast their ballots during an election, c.1940.

Black and white photograph of Governor Harold Stassen delivering an address to the Minnesota Legislature,1941.

Governor Harold Stassen speaking to the Minnesota Legislature

Governor Harold Stassen delivers an address to the Minnesota Legislature,1941.

Black and white photograph of Harold Stassen signing a bill into law, 1941.

Harold Stassen signing a bill into law

Harold Stassen signing a bill into law, 1941. Photographed by the St. Paul Dispatch.

Stassen, Harold (1907–2001)

During a lifetime devoted to public service, Harold Stassen left an indelible mark upon American politics. He first gained national prominence in the 1930s by revitalizing Minnesota’s Republican Party and establishing a progressive, cooperative approach to state government. Although his achievements are often obscured by his seemingly relentless quest to become president, Stassen contributed greatly to the cause of international peace following World War II.

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