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Frank Leander Sundstrom (January 5, 1901 – May 23, 1980) was an American Republican Party politician who represented New Jersey's 11th congressional district from 1943 to 1949.

Frank Sundstrom
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byAlbert L. Vreeland
Succeeded byHugh Joseph Addonizio
Personal details
Born(1901-01-05)January 5, 1901
Massena, New York
DiedMay 23, 1980(1980-05-23) (aged 79)
Summit, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican


Born in Massena, New York on January 5, 1901 to a Swedish immigrant father,[1] Sundstrom attended the public schools. He was a newspaper reporter and editor from 1918 to 1920 before attending Cornell University. While a tackle for the Cornell football team, they were undefeated in 24 games over three seasons. Sundstrom graduated in 1924. During his senior year, Sundstrom was elected to the Sphinx Head Society. He went on serve as assistant coach for the Indiana University (Bloomington) football team for one season in 1924. Sundstrom was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1978.

Sundstrom engaged in the banking and brokerage business in New York City from 1925 to 1969 and became chairman of the East Orange, New Jersey Republican Committee (1940–1946). He was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth and Eightieth Congresses, serving in office from January 3, 1943 to January 3, 1949. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress.

After his term in Congress, he was vice president and director of Schenley Distillers (1954–1969); vice president and director of public relations for Schenley Industries, Inc. (1955–1969); vice president of the Tobacco Institute (1969–1976); and a consultant for a group of United States distillers (1976–1980).

Sundstrom resided in Chatham Borough, New Jersey, until his death in Summit, New Jersey on May 23, 1980. He was interred in Restland Memorial Park in East Hanover, New Jersey.


  • United States Congress. "Frank Sundstrom (id: S001076)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Frank "Sunny" Sundstrom at the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Frank Sundstrom at Find a Grave  
  1. ^ "United States Census, 1910", FamilySearch, retrieved March 16, 2018
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Albert L. Vreeland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 11th congressional district

January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
Succeeded by
Hugh Joseph Addonizio