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A Lemke for President float from an unidentified parade in 1936. North Dakota Congressman William Lemke campaigned for President with the Union Party in 1936. Signs on the float indicate that "Putnam" and "Van Wert" are local candidates, while another sign brings attention to the rising federal deficit. An "International Banker" rests comfortably in a chair at the far end of the float.
William Lemke served several terns in the U.S. House of Representatives: the first from 1933 to 1941 and the second from 1943 until his death in 1950. He was an important figure in the rise of the Nonpartisan League in North Dakota and was the Union Party Candidate for President in 1936.
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota
William Lemke, Union Party