Henry Thomas HELGESEN, Congress, ND (1857-1917)


HELGESEN, Henry Thomas, a Representative from North Dakota; born near Decorah, Iowa, June 26, 1857; attended the public schools, the John Breckenridge Normal Institute, and the J.R. Slack Business College at Decorah; moved to Milton, Dakota Territory (now North Dakota), in 1887; engaged in the mercantile and lumber business and also in agricultural pursuits; State commissioner of agriculture and labor 1889-1892; member of the board of education of Milton, N.Dak., 1893-1896, and served as president in 1893 and 1894; member of the board of regents of the University of North Dakota 1897-1901 and 1907-1913; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Sixty-first Congress in 1910; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1911, until his death in Washington, D.C., April 10, 1917; interment in Phelps Cemetery, Decorah, Iowa.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present