KVALE, Paul John, (1896 - 1960)


Photograph, 1929, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

KVALE, Paul John, (son of Ole Juulson Kvale), a Representative from Minnesota; born in Orfordville, Rock County, Wis., March 27, 1896; moved to Benson, Minn., with his parents in 1917; attended the Orfordville schools and the University of Illinois at Chicago; was graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, in 1917; served in the United States Army during the First World War as a sergeant in a machine-gun corps, from September 7, 1917, to August 4, 1919; student at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1919 and 1920; returned to Benson, Minn., and engaged as editor of the Swift County News in 1920 and 1921; staff editor of the Minneapolis (Minn.) Tribune in 1921; served as secretary to his father, Congressman Ole J. Kvale 1922-1929; elected as a Farmer-Labor candidate to the Seventy-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father; reelected to the Seventy-second and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from October 16, 1929, to January 3, 1939; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; died in Minneapolis, Minn., June 14, 1960; interment in Protestant Cemetery, Benson, Minn.