Nye, Gerald Prentice, 1892–1971, U.S. Senator (1925–45), b. Hortonville, Wis. After settling (1915) in North Dakota he devoted himself to country journalism. A progressive Republican, he was appointed to fill an unexpired term in the U.S. Senate; he remained there until defeated for reelection in 1944. As Senator, he headed the committee that investigated (1934–36) the role played by U.S. businessmen in the American entrance into World War I. An outspoken isolationist, he fathered the Neutrality Act.