Hjalmar Carl Nygaard

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Hjalmar Carl Nygaard (March 24, 1906 – July 18, 1963) was an American politician. He represented North Dakota in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1961 until his death in 1963.

Hjalmar Nygaard
Hjalmar Carl Nygaard.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota
In office
January 3, 1963 – July 18, 1963
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byMark Andrews
Constituency1st district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1963
Serving with Don L. Short
Preceded byQuentin Burdick
Succeeded byHimself
ConstituencyAt-large district
Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives
from the 14th district
In office
Personal details
Born(1906-03-24)March 24, 1906
Sharon, North Dakota
DiedJuly 18, 1963(1963-07-18) (aged 57)
Washington, DC
Political partyRepublican


Nygaard was born on a farm near Sharon, Steele County, North Dakota. He was one of eight children born to Carl Nygaard and Anna Karene Grimson who had relocated from Decorah, Iowa. He attended the public schools of Sharon, Mayville State Teachers College and the University of North Dakota.


Nygaard taught in the rural schools of Emmons and Steele counties from 1932 to 1935 and was engaged in the grocery and hardware businesses from 1936 to 1960.

He served as mayor of Sharon and as a member of the school board and then as member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1949 to 1960. He served as majority leader of that body in 1955 and 1957 and as speaker in 1959. He was a member of the National Monument Commission from 1961 to 1963.

On July 18, 1963, Nygaard entered the United States Capitol office of Dr. George W. Calver, physician to Congress, complaining of chest pains. Nygaard then died of a heart attack in Calver's office.[1] He was buried in City Cemetery in Enderlin, North Dakota.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Hjalmar Nygaard, Representative, 57" (PDF). The New York Times. 19 July 1963. Retrieved 8 April 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's at-large congressional district

January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1963
Succeeded by
None; seat abolished
Preceded by
New district
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1963 – July 18, 1963
Succeeded by