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Andrew Volstead

Born: 31-Oct-1860
Birthplace: Kenyon, MN
Died: 20-Jan-1947
Location of death: Granite Falls, MN
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, City Cemetery, Granite Falls, MN

Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Legislated enforcement of Prohibition

Drafted the National Prohibition Act of 1919, called the Volstead Act, which enforced the Eighteenth Amendment. Volstead was also responsible for the Farmers Cooperative Act of 1922, called the Capper-Volstead Act, which allowed farmers to associate in cooperatives without violating the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Wife: Helen Mary Osleer Gilruth (teacher, m. 1884, d. 1918, one daughter)
Daughter: Laura Ellen Volstead (b. 1885)

    University: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
    University: Law, Decorah Institute, Decorah, IA (1881)

    US Congressman, Minnesota 7th (1903-23)
    Mayor Granite Falls, MN (1900-02)
    Minnesota State Official Prosecuting Attorney, Yellow Medicine County, MN (1886-1902)
    Minnesota State Official City Attorney, Granite Falls, MN
    Minnesota State Bar Association
    Norwegian Ancestry


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