ELWYN B. ROBINSON DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA 58202
COLLECTION: OGL #719
SIZE: 2 items
ACQUISITION: The John M. Baer Papers were deposited in the Orin G. Libby Manuscript Collection. The papers were originally part of the North Dakota Biographical File (Acc#81-903).
ACCESS: Available for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Department of Special Collections.
John Miller Baer was born March 29, 1886, on a farm in Blackcreek, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, to Captain John M. Baer, author, and poetess Libbie C. (Riley) Baer. Baer attended Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wis., and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1909.
Shortly after, Baer moved to Beach, North Dakota. There he married Estella G. Kennedy, on December 28, 1910. They had two sons. While in Beach, he was engaged as a civil engineer and in agricultural pursuits, was appointed postmaster, and among other duties, managed and farmed 5,000 acres. He furnished cartoons and articles to newspapers, like Labor, from 1909 to 1917.
John Miller Baer was the first Representative elected to Congress that received the indorsement of the National Nonpartisan League. In 1915 Baer was elected as Republican of the 1st District of North Dakota to the Sixty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy of Henry T. Helgesen. Baer was reelected to the Sixty-sixth Congress on the Nonpartisan ticket, receiving a majority of 3,017, and served from July 10, 1917 to March 3, 1921. While in the Sixty-sixth Congress, he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture.
Baer was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-seventh Congress in 1920. Instead, he resumed his previous activities as a cartoonist and journalist for Labor. John M. Baer died in Washington, D.C., on February 18, 1970. He is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in Silver Spring, Md.
The John M. Baer Papers contain two articles. One consists of a newspaper clipping - Baer's story into and out of Congress, facts about him, and some of his cartoons from the Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, North Dakota. The other article is another clipping about his career as a politician and cartoonist.
|Original Donation||First Addition: 1916-1920|
|Second Addition: undated cartoons||Third Addition: 1918-1923|
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