Knutson, Harold

Knutson, Harold

(1880–1953) U.S. representative; born in Skien, Norway. Emigrating at age six, he grew up on a Minnesota dairy farm, which he left to become a newspaper man and publisher of the Pioneer Journal. An isolationist congressman (Rep., Minn.; 1917–49), he opposed the New Deal and launched personal attacks on President Franklin Roosevelt. A member of the National Committee to Keep America Out of War in the 1940s, he opposed the war effort and the Marshall Plan.
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