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Asle Gronna

Born: Dec 10, 1858

Death: May 4, 1922

Birthplace: Elkader

Nationality: United States

Asle Gronna

Date of Birth : Dec 10, 1858
Date of Death : May 4, 1922
Birth Place : Elkader

Asle Jorgenson Gronna was an American Senator from North Dakota, and one of the six to vote against the United States declaration of war leading to the First World War. Gronna was a Republican who reflected the attitudes of his region - progressive and isolationist. He blamed munition makers for the preparedness movement and World War I and was part of the "little group of willful men," so labeled by President Woodrow Wilson. In 1919 he was a staunch isolationist who opposed the League of Nations treaty because it further entangled the United States in foreign relationships and limited national decisionmaking. Gronna failed to win reelection in 1920. Gronna was born in Elkader, Clayton County, Iowa, of Norwegian ancestry, but moved to Houston County, Minnesota with his family. After moving to the Dakota Territory in 1879 and several minor careers he landed himself in the field of politics. He was elected to the Dakota Territorial House of Representatives in 1889. He was elected to the 59th United States Congress as a Republican in 1911 to replace Martin N. Johnson, who had died in office.

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