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VOLSTEAD, Andrew John, a Representative from Minnesota; born near Kenyon, Goodhue County,
Minn., October 31, 1860; attended the public schools of the district and St.
Olafs College, Northfield, Minn.; was graduated from Decorah Institute,
Decorah, Iowa, in 1881; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1883 and
commenced practice in Lac qui Parle County, Minn.; moved to Grantsburg, Wis.,
in 1885, and in the following year to Granite Falls, Yellow Medicine County,
Minn.; member of the board of education and served as president; city attorney
of Granite Falls; prosecuting attorney of Yellow Medicine County 1886-1902;
mayor of Granite Falls 1900-1902; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth
and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1923); chairman,
Committee on the Judiciary (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses);
introduced the National Prohibition Act, passed in October 1919; unsuccessful
candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; resumed the
practice of law, and resided in Granite Falls, Minn., until his death there
January 20, 1947; interment in City Cemetery.
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of Congress: Origins of the Capper-Volstead Act.
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