The man who was chairman of the North Dakota Republican State Committee from 1902 to 1908 rejected the incumbent Republican U.S. president in 1912 and led the fight to try tod get another man elected at the March primary.
How did this Republican rebel fare as a result?
In 1916, “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford, selected Casselton, N.D., native Angela Gibson to be her assistant director for the movie “The Pride of the Clan.” Pickford selected Gibson because of “her well-known knowledge of Scottish costumes and folklore.”
When political boss Alexander McKenzie tried to get the Louisiana Lottery implemented in North Dakota in 1889, he failed. One of the most effective spokesmen leading the opposition was the highly moralistic president of the University of North Dakota, Homer B. Sprague, an eminent scholar and acclaimed orator.
A man born and raised in North Dakota has succeeded on a national scale on radio, television, the movies, newspapers, and book authorship, but the recognition he appeared to be most proud of was the unofficial coronation as the King of Trivia.
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