Halvor Steenerson

Halvor Steenerson (June 30, 1852 – November 22, 1926) was an American Republican politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota's 9th congressional district from 1903 to 1923.

Halvor Steenerson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1923
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byKnud Wefald
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 45th district
In office
January 2, 1883 – January 3, 1887
Personal details
Born(1852-06-30)June 30, 1852
Pleasant Springs, Wisconsin
DiedNovember 22, 1926(1926-11-22) (aged 74)
Crookston, Minnesota
Resting placeOakdale Cemetery
Crookston, Polk County, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Christofferson
Alma materUnion College of Law
OccupationLawyer, Politician


Halvor Steenerson was born at Pleasant Springs near Madison Dane County, Wisconsin. He moved with his parents to Sheldon, Houston County, Minnesota, in 1853. He attended Houston County Elementary School and graduated from Rushford High School in Rushford, Minnesota. He studied law at the Union College of Law in Chicago. He was admitted to the bar in 1878 and commenced practice in Lanesboro, Minnesota.


Steenerson moved to Crookston Polk County, Minnesota in 1880. He served as prosecuting attorney of Polk County 1881 – 1883; as city attorney of Crookston; as a member of the Minnesota Senate 1883 – 1887; and as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1884 and 1888. While serving in the state senate, Steenerson served on the committees for the Hospital for Insane, Indian Affairs, Joint University and University Lands, Judiciary and the State Prison.

Steenerson was elected as a Republican to the 58th, 59th, 60th, 61st, 62nd, 63rd, 64th, 65th, 66th, and 67th congresses, (March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1923). He was chairman of the Committee on Militia (60th and 61st congresses) and served on the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (66th and 67th congresses).

Steenerson was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the 68th congress. He served as vice president of the American group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. He resumed the practice of law in Crookston, Minnesota.[1]

Steenerson died on November 22, 1926. He is buried at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, Polk County, Minnesota.

Steenerson is the namesake of Steenerson Township, Beltrami County, Minnesota.[2]


  1. ^ Halvor Steenerson(Minnesota Legislators Past and Present)
  2. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 40.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 9th congressional district
1903 – 1923
Succeeded by
Knud Wefald