WEFALD, Knud, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Kragero, Norway, November 3, 1869;
attended the local schools and high school of his native land; immigrated to the United States in 1887
and in 1896 settled in Hawley, Clay County, Minn., engaged in agricultural pursuits; also manager and
part owner of a lumber business; member of the village council of Hawley, serving as president in
1907-1912, 1917, and 1918; member of the State house of representatives 1913-1915; elected on
the Farmer-Labor ticket to the Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3,
1927); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1926 to the Seventieth Congress; resumed his former
business pursuits; editor of a Norwegian newspaper at Fargo, N.Dak., 1929-1931; executive
secretary of the commission of administration and finance of Minnesota in 1931 and 1932; served as
railroad and warehouse commissioner of Minnesota from January 1933 until his death; died in St. Paul,
Minn., October 25, 1936; interment in Hawley Cemetery, Hawley, Minn.
BibliographyWefald, Jon M. Congressman Knud Wefald: A
Minnesota Voice for Farm Parity. Minnesota History 38 (December 1962): 177-85.