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Senator Young Begins His Senate Career 72 Years Ago This Week

Posted 3/20/17 (Mon)


It was 72 years ago on March 12, 1945, North Dakota State Senator and Majority Leader Milton Young was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Fred Aandahl to fill the vacancy left by the death of John Moses, who died at 59 after only two months in office.

Young, nicknamed "Mr. Wheat" because of his agriculture experience and expertise, served 36 years in the U.S. Senate. He was the last person born in the 19th Century to serve in Congress, retiring in Jan. 1981. "Every other Senator knew that if you were talking about wheat and agriculture, you had to talk to Milton Young," said then-Historian of the U.S. Senate Donald Ritchie in Mr. Wheat: A Biography of U.S. Senator Milton R. Young.

His extensive interview is in the 560-page book, which includes 100 high-quality photographs and an 11-minute DVD featuring several film clips and photographs of Young's career.


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