L. B. Hanna

Louis Benjamin Hanna ( born August 9, 1861 in New Brighton, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, † April 23, 1948 in Fargo, North Dakota ) was an American politician and from 1913 to 1917, the eleventh Governor of the State of North Dakota.

Early years

Louis Hanna received his education in Massachusetts, Ohio and New York. In 1881 he came with his brother Robert to Hope in the Dakota Territory. There, the brothers began to organize a farm. A year later, Louis sold his share and moved to Page, where he began a career as a businessman. He also founded the First National Bank of Page, whose president he became. In 1899 he moved to Fargo, where he was vice president of the First National Bank of Fargo.

Political career

Hanna was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1895 and 1897 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Dakota; 1897-1901 and again from 1905 to 1909 he was a member of the State Senate. Between 1902 and 1908 he was chairman of the Republican Party in North Dakota. In June 1904 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, at the Theodore Roosevelt was nominated as a presidential candidate. Between 1909 and 1913 represented Louis Hanna his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington. In 1912 he was elected with 45:36 percent of the vote against the Democrats F. O. Hellstrom to the new governor of his state.

Hanna took up his new post in January 1913. After a successful re-election, he could serve until 1917. He caused quite a stir in July 1914, when he attended a committee Norway. As a gift to the Norwegians a statue of Abraham Lincoln was presented. Conversely, struck King Håkon VII Hanna Knight of the Order of St. Olav. Domestically, a new inheritance tax law was enacted and for the teachers a pension law was passed.

Further CV

After the end of his tenure, Hanna was used during the First World War 1917-1918 as a captain of the American Red Cross in France. In the years 1916 and 1926 he applied unsuccessfully for a seat each in the U.S. Senate. Otherwise, he took care of back to his business affairs. Louis Hanna died in 1948. He was married to Lottie Thatcher, with whom he had four children.