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Magne Alfred Michaelson (September 7, 1878 – October 26, 1949) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.[1]

Magne Alfred Michaelson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1931
Preceded byNiels Juul
Succeeded byLeonard W. Schuetz
Personal details
Born(1878-09-07)September 7, 1878
Kristiansand, Norway
DiedOctober 26, 1949(1949-10-26) (aged 71)
Resting placeMount Olivet Cemetery
Political partyRepublican


Magne Alfred Michaelson was born at Kristiansand in Vest-Agder, Norway. In October 1885, Michaelson immigrated to the United States with his parents who settled in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the public schools and graduated from Chicago Normal School in 1898. He taught in the public schools of Chicago (1898-1914). He served as chairman of the board of directors of the Madison and Kedzie State Bank of Chicago (1924-1927).

Political careerEdit

He served as a member of the Chicago City Council (1915-1918). He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1920.[2]

Michaelson was elected as a Republican candidate to the Sixty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1931). On August 15, 1921 he made a speech in the House in which he questioned the patriotism and integrity of the newly formed American Legion as being bought and controlled by the interests of Wall Street.[3][4]

In 1929, Michaelson was charged with for a violation of the Volstead Act. His brother-in-law pleaded guilty and the judge issued a $1,000 fine.[5] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1930. He subsequently resumed his position in banking. He died on October 26, 1949 and was interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.[6]



  1. ^ Illinois Representatives in the 67th Congress (Illinois Office of Secretary of State. 1921. Blue Book of the State of Illinois. Page 78)
  2. ^ "Michaelson, Magne Alfred, (1878-1949)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  3. ^ M. Alfred Michaelson (U.S. Government Printing Office. 1922. Congressional Directory, Volume 67. Page 23)
  4. ^ A History of the American Legion Marquis James. 1923. Page 72
  5. ^ Daniel Okrent ( 2010) Last Call - The Rise and Fall of Prohibition Page 324
  6. ^ "Magne Alfred Michaelson". findagrave. February 20, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Niels Juul
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Leonard W. Schuetz