SHOEMAKER, Francis Henry, (1889 - 1958)


Photograph, 1934, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

SHOEMAKER, Francis Henry, a Representative from Minnesota; born on a farm in Flora Township, Renville County, Minn., April 25, 1889; self-educated with mother’s assistance; engaged in agricultural pursuits and worked for many farm and labor organizations; charter member and organizer of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party; assisted in organizing the Federated Farmer-Labor Party at Chicago in 1924; was nominated for Vice President of the United States, but declined; editor and publisher of the People’s Voice, Green Bay, Wis., 1921-1927, and of the Organized Farmer, Red Wing, Minn., in 1928; elected as a Farmer-Laborite to the Seventy-third Congress (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1935); was not a candidate for renomination in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination for United States Senator; then became an unsuccessful Independent candidate for reelection to the Seventy-fourth Congress; unsuccessful for election in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; resumed agricultural pursuits near North Redwood, Minn.; died in Minneapolis, Minn., July 24, 1958; interment in Zion Cemetery, Flora Township, Renville County, Minn.