Olson, Floyd

Olson, Floyd (Bjerstjerne)

(1891–1936) governor; born in Minneapolis, Minn. Born in the slums, he became a Minneapolis trial lawyer in 1914, serving as county attorney in the 1920s. As Farmer-Labor Party governor (Minn.; 1931–36), he secured money for unemployment relief measures and issued a two-year moratorium on farm foreclosures, despite a conservative Republican legislature.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.