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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 parade read: "Farmer Cost of Production Plus a Profit Farmers Union;" "Labor Living Annual Wage N.U.S.J.;" "Lincoln the Great Emancipator;" "Elect Lemke for President the Emancipator of the White Race;" and "Vote for Lemke Another Lincoln." A political cartoon entitled "Its Time to Look After These Neglected Patients" is also present. The cartoon hearkens back to the famous cartoons drawn by J.M. Baer in the early years of the Nonpartisan League.

A stamp on the back of the photograph reads: "F.E. Smith 403 N. Main St. Dephos, Ohio"

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.

Organizations Depicted

Union Party

People Depicted

Abraham Lincoln, William Lemke


Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota


William Lemke, Union Party