- Thomas D. Schall
name=Thomas David Schall
jr/sr and state=U.S. Senator from Minnesota
March 4, 1925to December 22, 1935
Elmer Austin Benson
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place of birth=
Reed City, Michigan
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Thomas David Schall (
June 4, 1878– December 22, 1935) was a United States politician. He served in both the United States House of Representativesand the United States Senatefrom Minnesota. He was initially elected as a Progressive but later joined the Republican.
He was born in
Reed City, Michiganand moved with his family in 1884 to Campbell, Minnesota. He attended Hamline Universityin Saint Paul, Minnesotaand graduated from the Minnesota School of Law in 1904. He was blinded in an electrical shock from a cigar lighter in Bismarck, North Dakotain 1907.
He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1914 and served from
March 4, 1915to March 3, 1925in the 64th, 65th, 66th, 67th, and 68th congresses. Schall was legally blindand was granted, by House vote, a full-time page to assist him with his work. ["Thanked by Blind Member," New York Times, Jan. 29 1916. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9D01E6DE1539EF32A25753C3A9679C946796D6CF Link to .pdf text] ]
After losing the Republican primary for a special election to the Senate in 1923, Schall was elected to the Senate in 1924, defeating
Magnus Johnsonwith 46% of the vote, and served from March 4, 1925until his death, in the 69th, 70th, 71st, 72nd, and 73rd congresses. He had a tough reelection campaign in 1930, facing strong candidates from both the Democratic and Farmer Labor Parties, and eventually won with 37% of the vote.
Schall was struck by a
hit and rundriver while walking across the Baltimore-Washington Parkwayin Cottage City, Maryland, on December 19, 1935. He died in Washington three days later, becoming one of few United States Senators or Congressmen in history to die in office in a road accident. He is buried at Lakewood Cemeteryin Minneapolis.
George Daniel Harden, "The Career of Thomas Schall of Minnesota," unpublished M.S. thesis, Winona State University, Winona, Minn., 1968.
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