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Ole Juulson Kvale (February 6, 1869 – September 11, 1929) was a Lutheran Minister and U.S. Representative from Minnesota. [1]

Ole J. Kvale
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – September 11, 1929
Preceded byAndrew Volstead
Succeeded byPaul J. Kvale
Personal details
Ole Juulson Kvale

(1869-02-06)February 6, 1869
Winneshiek, Iowa, U.S.
DiedSeptember 11, 1929(1929-09-11) (aged 60)
Otter Tail, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyFarmer-Labor
Alma materLuther College
Luther Theological Seminary
University of Chicago


Ole Juulson Kvale was born near Decorah, Iowa. He was one of six children born to Jule Qvale (1836-1918) and Gro Qvale (1833-1910), both of whom were immigrants from Norway. He attended rural schools in Winneshiek County, Iowa. He was graduated from Luther College in Decorah in 1890, from Luther Theological Seminary, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1893 and from the University of Chicago in 1914. He was ordained to the Lutheran ministry in 1894 serving parishes in Orfordville, Wisconsin, from 1894 to 1917 and in Benson, Swift County, Minnesota. In 1917, he became the secretary of the Norwegian Synod. [2]


Kvale had been an unsuccessful candidate as an Independent Republican for election in 1920 to the 67th congress. He was elected as a Farmer-Labor candidate to the 68th, 69th, 70th, and 71st congresses and served from March 4, 1923, until his death. [3]

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Ida Tonette (Simley) Kvale (1876-1926). They had six children including United States Representative, Paul John Kvale. Kvale died near Otter Tail Lake, Minnesota, on September 11, 1929. His interment was in Benson Cemetery, Swift County, Minnesota.[4]

Primary SourceEdit

  • United States Congress. "Ole J. Kvale (id: K000349)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kvale, Ole Juulson (1869-1929)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Kvale, O. J." Nordic, Norwegian-American Digital Library. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Andrew J. Volstead And Family". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "Kvale, Paul John (1896-1960)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 1, 2016.

External linksEdit

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Andrew Volstead
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 7th congressional district
1923 – 1929
Succeeded by
Paul John Kvale