Thye, Edward John, 1896-1969. Collection, 1945-1959
The Edward John Thye collection consists primarily of twenty-six photographs used for news releases and other events when Thye served as the U.S. Senator from Minnesota. A few of the photographs are accompanied by typescript news releases. Several other photographs show Thye in different settings. Included are photographs, typescript news reports, and a typescript speech along with a phonograph record of Thye speaking on the radio to endorse the candidacy of Harold Stassen for United States President on 29 February 1952.
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Biographical / Historical
Edward Thye was bom 26 April 1896 in Frederick, South Dakota to Bertha (Wangan)
and Andrew J. Thye. A few years later the family moved to a farm near Northfield,
Miimesota. Thye attended public schools at Northfield. Later, he received a law degree
from Carroll College. During World War I, Thye served in the Air Corps. From 1919-
1922, he was a salesman for Deers and Webber. In 1922, he acquired a farm near
Northfield and engaged in extensive farming operations.
Thye, a Republican, had a long public career, beginning as Mirmesota deputy commissioner of agriculture. He was elected lieutenant govemor in 1942, succeeding to the govemorship in April 1943 when Harold Stassen resigned. In 1944, he was elected Govemor and subsequently served two terms (1947-1959) as a United States Senator from Minnesota. Defeated in this bid for a third term in the Senate, Thye retumed to his Northfield farm where he died on 27 August 1969.
Information obtained from Who's Who in Minnesota, Centennial Edition, 1958, 80; Congressional Directory 85^ Congress, 2^^ Session. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, January 1958; and the Minneapolis Tribune, 29 August 1969.
0.125 Cubic Feet (5 folders. Located in box with other collections. )
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was transferred from the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1972. Originally, Myrtle Thye donated this collection in May 1971.
- Thye, Edward John, 1896-1969. Collection, 1945-1959.
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- 2001-09: Finding aid revised by Jeff A. Jenson.
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