Val Bjornson

Politician, Author

1906 – 1987

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Who was Val Bjornson?

Kristjan Valdimar "Val" Bjornson was a Minnesota writer, newspaper editor, and politician who served as state treasurer for more than two decades.

He was born in Minneota, Minnesota of Icelandic descent. In World War II, he served in Navy intelligence, stationed in Iceland. Besides English, he was able to speak Icelandic, Finnish, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian.

He was part owner of the Minneota Mascot newspaper and an associate editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

As the Republican candidate in the United States Senate elections, 1954, he lost to Hubert Humphrey, with whom he sometimes shared a car to travel the state.

He died in Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota, his alma mater, and the University of Iceland have a student exchange scholarship named in his honor.

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Born
Aug 29, 1906
Minneota
Also known as
  • Kristjan Valdimar "Val" Bjornson
  • Val Björnson
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Iceland
Profession
Died
Mar 3, 1987
Minneapolis

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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