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KNUTSON, Coya Gjesdal, a Representative from Minnesota; born Cornelia Genevive Gjesdal in
Edmore, Ramsey County, N.Dak., August 22, 1912; attended the public schools of
Edmore; Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., B.S., 1934; postgraduate work at
State Teachers College in Moorhead and Julliard School of Music, New York City;
taught high school in Penn, N.Dak., and Plummer and Oklee, Minn., 1941-1943;
member of Red Lake County Welfare Board 1948-1950; delegate, Democratic
National Conventions 1948, 1952, and 1956; served in the State house of
representatives 1951-1954; member of the Youth Study Commission in 1953 and
1954; elected as a Democrat-Farmer-Labor to the Eighty-fourth and to the
Eighty-fifth Congresses (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1959); unsuccessful
candidate for reelection in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress and for election
in 1960 to the Eighty-seventh Congress; author of articles for farm magazines
and interested in childrens television programs; liaison officer, Department
of Defense in Office of Civil Defense, 1961-1970; unsuccessful candidate for
nomination February 8, 1977, to the Ninety-fifth Congress in a special election
primary; died October 10, 1996.
BibliographyBeito, Gretchen Urnes.
Coya Come Home: A Congresswomans Journey. Los Angeles:
Pomegranate Press, 1990.