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Nonpartisan League,

in U.S. history, political pressure group of farmers and workers organized in 1915 and led by a former socialist, Arthur C. Townley, who believed that the solution to the farmers' troubles lay in united political action. Feeding on agrarian discontent with falling prices and political boss rule, the Nonpartisan League spread through the Western wheat belt from Wisconsin to Washington and to the Southwest; its greatest strength was in Minnesota and the Dakotas. The group demanded state-owned grain elevators, flour mills, and packing houses as well as low-cost public housing for farmers and workers. Although it was not a political party in the usual sense, it exercised its power by endorsing and even nominating candidates of the major parties. It never attracted support from industrial workers, and other means for expressing the farmers' desires opened. After World War I it declined sharply, although it retained prominence in some areas, particularly North Dakota.
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When the UFA decided to enter politics, the Non-Partisan League decided that the best interests of the agrarian movement called for its absorption into the larger farmers' movement.
Laidley, The Why of the Farmers Non-Partisan League of Canada (Swift Current: published at League headquarters in Saskatchewan, 1916), 14-17.
19) Laidley, The Why of the Farmers' Non-Partisan League, 5.
25) Ford Fonds, Box F, Resolutions Adopted by the Non-Partisan League Conference, St Paul, 1917, 7.
26) Ford Fonds, Box E, A Word to the Farmers' Non-Partisan League: Why Farmers Should Join the Non-Partisan League (Calgary: Commonwealth Press, 1916), 4.
38) Laidley, The Wily of the Farmers' Non-Partisan League, 4.
Irvine was a staunch supporter of the policies of the Non-Partisan League and, true to the character of the League, he did not run as a party member but as a representative of the ideals he espoused.
42) Laidley, The Why of' the Farmers' Non-Partisan League, 4.
48) Ford Fonds, Box F, Resolutions Adopted by Non-Partisan League Conference, 4.