Sakakawea is the most memorialized woman in American history. Yet, we know very little about her after her 18th birthday.
In fact, the year of her reported death varies by more than 70 years. The most attributed date placed her death in 1812, but there are many who steadfastly state that she lived to the ripe old age of 100, dying in 1884.
The first person to run for U.S. Congress from what is now North Dakota is also the only known person to be forced to surrender his seat in the Legislature, on two occasions, because of balloting irregularities.
Lynn Frazier was a star player and captain of the outstanding 1899 University of North Dakota football team. From 1923 to 1941, he was a U.S. senator from North Dakota and, from 1917 to 1921, served as the state’s governor.
It was a former North Dakotan, not Scotty, who “beamed” Capt. James T. Kirk aboard the Starship Enterprise during almost every episode of “Star Trek” in the 1960s – or at least, it was Bowman’s Jim Rugg who created the illusion that Kirk’s body was being reconstituted inside the transformer of the Enterprise.
When the Marquis de Mores abandoned his efforts to establish a large meat processing center in Medora, Dakota Territory, in 1886, “the newspaper’s conservative estimate was that he and his investors had lost $1.5 million.”
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?
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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