Paul John Kvale

Paul John Kvale
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 7th district
In office
October 16, 1929  January 3, 1939
At-large: March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Preceded by Ole J. Kvale
Succeeded by Herman C. Andersen
Personal details
Born (1896-03-27)March 27, 1896
Orfordville, Wisconsin
Died June 14, 1960(1960-06-14) (aged 64)
Resting place Protestant Cemetery, Benson, MN
Political party Farmer-Labor
Alma mater
Religion Lutheran
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1917-1919
Battles/wars World War I

Paul John Kvale (March 27, 1896 June 14, 1960) was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota. [1]

Early life

Kvale who was born in Orfordville, Wisconsin as the son of Ole J. Kvale. He attended the Orfordville school and the University of Illinois. In 1917, he moved to Benson, Minnesota with his parents. Kvale was graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in 1917 and served in the United States Army during the First World War as a sergeant in a machine gun corps, from September 7, 1917, to August 4, 1919.

After the war, he became a student at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1919 and 1920, after which he returned to and engaged as editor of the Swift County News in 1920 and 1921. In 1921, he became staff editor of the Minneapolis Tribune.

Political career

From 1922 to 1929, Kvale served as secretary to his father, who was a member of the United States Congress. After his father's death, who was elected as a Farmer-Labor candidate to the 71st congress to fill the vacancy. Kvale was re-elected to the 72nd, 73rd, 74th, and 75th congresses, and served from October 16, 1929 to January 3, 1939. His run for reelection in 1938 to the 76th congress was unsuccessful. [2]

On June 14, 1960, Paul John Kvale died in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was interred at the Protestant Cemetery in Swift County, Minnesota. Asked how to say his name, Kvale told The Literary Digest: "Pronounced qually rhymes with golly."[3]


  1. "Politicians in Swift County, MN". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  2. "Paul John Kvale". National Cable Satellite Corporation. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  3. What's the Name, Please?, Charles Earle Funk, (Funk & Wagnalls, 1936)

Other sources

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ole J. Kvale
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 7th congressional district
1929 1933
Succeeded by
General Ticket Adopted
Preceded by
General Ticket Adopted
U.S. Representative from Minnesota
General Ticket Seat Seven

1933 1935
Succeeded by
General Ticket Abolished
Preceded by
General Ticket Abolished
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 7th congressional district
1935 1939
Succeeded by
Herman Carl Andersen

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