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Joseph H. Ball

Maverick Republican senator who represented Minnesota within the legislature from 1940 to 1949. He was known for often challenging his very own party’s procedures. He was covering politics for the St. Paul Dispatch when he was selected, very much to everyone’s shock, to fill up a newly-vacated Senate chair. He proceeded to go against his party in voting for the Lend Rent Action in 1942, as well as for instituting income and price handles in the home; in 1943 he was among the initial Republicans to publicly support the forming of the US. He was created in Crookston, Minnesota. His iconoclastic methods ultimately price him his chair, as he was defeated by Hubert H. Humphrey in his second term election.

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