John Miller Baer
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from North Dakota's 1st district
August 10, 1917 – March 3, 1921
|Preceded by||Henry Thomas Helgesen|
|Succeeded by||Olger B. Burtness|
|Born||March 29, 1886|
Black Creek, Wisconsin U.S.
|Died||February 18, 1970 (aged 83)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Political party||Nonpartisan League|
|Alma mater||Lawrence University|
|Profession||engineer, cartoonist, postmaster|
Early years and education
Born at Black Creek, Wisconsin, Baer was the son of Capt. John M. Baer and Libbie C. Riley Baer. His ancestors on the maternal side were the two families Riley and Swing. From the original family of the former descended the poet and humorist, James Whitcomb Riley, and from the latter, the philosopher and preacher. Prof. David Swing, of Chicago. Baer was also a descendant of the Blairs, an old and favorably known family of Southern Ohio.
He moved to Beach, Golden Valley County, North Dakota, in 1909 and engaged as a civil engineer and in agricultural pursuits from 1909–1915 and served as Postmaster of Beach, North Dakota.
Baer also worked as a cartoonist and furnished cartoons and articles to newspapers. Baer worked for the Non-Partisan Leader from 1909 to 1917. After resigning as postmaster, Baer relocated to Fargo and cartooned for the Fargo Courier-News.
Baer was elected as a member of the Nonpartisan League to the Sixty-fifth Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Henry T. Helgesen, and reelected to the succeeding Congress (August 10, 1917 – March 3, 1921). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture (Sixty-sixth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-seventh Congress in 1920. He resumed activities as a cartoonist and journalist for Labor, the newspaper of the National Railroad Union.
- United States Congress. "John Miller Baer (id: B000027)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Matson, Francis G. (1921). Official Congressional Directory (Public domain ed.).
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Henry T. Helgesen
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 1st congressional district
Olger B. Burtness
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