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North Dakota Congressman William Lemke (center) poses for a photograph with Chicago Mayor "Big Bill" Thompson (right) and one unidentified man (left).

William Lemke served several terms 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.

William Hale Thompson served as the Mayor of Chicago from 1925 until 1923 and again from 1927 to 1931.

The identity of the person on the left is unknown. It might be Fred Mader, former President of Building Trades Council, or the editor of Chicago Labor News publication. Both are referenced to at the bottom of the photograph.

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William Lemke, "Big Bill" Thompson


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


William Lemke, "Big Bill" Thompson