Dakota Datebook

Election Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Today is Election Day. This date in earlier years saw some pretty big changes as a result of elections. In fact, it was on this date in 1892 that North Dakotans voted for the first time in a presidential election.

Republican Teddy Roosevelt became president on this date in 1904. In 1932, Wild Bill Langer – of the Non-Partisan League – became the state’s 17th governor. (Coincidentally, he also died on this date, in 1959). Other ND governors elected on this date were John Moses in 1938 and William Guy in 1960 – both Democrats.

On this day in 1932, prohibition was repealed by a vote of the people. And, in 1960, pollsters voted to change the name of North Dakota Agricultural College to North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Science.

Source: written compilation of significant dates in North Dakota history, author unknown.

Dakota Datebook written by Merry Helm

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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