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Henry Martin Arens (November 21, 1873 – October 6, 1963) was a politician who served in many offices in Minnesota, including the U.S. House of Representatives.

Henry Martin Arens
Henry Martin Arens.jpg
Portrait of Henry Martin Arens in 1923.
26th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 6, 1931 – January 3, 1933
GovernorFloyd B. Olson
Preceded byCharles Edward Adams
Succeeded byKonrad K. Solberg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's General Ticket
Seat One district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Member of the Minnesota Senate
In office
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1873-11-21)November 21, 1873
Bausenrode, Westphalia, Kingdom of Prussia
DiedOctober 6, 1963(1963-10-06) (aged 89)
Jordan, Minnesota
Political partyFarmer Labor

Arens was born as Heinrich Martin Arens in Bausenrode near Fretter, today part of the municipality of Finnentrop, Westphalia, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in November 1889 and was a farmer near Jordan, Minnesota. His first public office was as a member of the board of aldermen for Jordan from 1905 to 1913. He went on to become a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1919 to 1922 and in the state senate from 1923 to 1930.

In 1930, he was elected the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota and served one two-year term. In 1932 he was elected to the 73rd congress as a member of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party. In 1932, all of Minnesota's representatives were elected at large. He served only one term, from March 4, 1933, to January 3, 1935, the start of the 20th Amendment. He was defeated for re-election in 1934 and again in 1936 when he attempted to retake his seat.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Henry M. Arens (id: A000276)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Edward Adams
Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
1931 – 1933
Succeeded by
Konrad K. Solberg
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
General Ticket Established
U.S. Representative from Minnesota
General Ticket Seat One

March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Succeeded by
General Ticket Abolished