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Norbeck, Peterlocked

(27 August 1870–20 December 1936)
  • Leonard Schlup


Norbeck, Peter (27 August 1870–20 December 1936), governor and senator, was born near Vermillion, Clay County, Dakota Territory, the son of Goran Person Kjostad, a Swedish immigrant who changed his name to George Norbeck, and Karen Larsdatter Kongsvig, an emigrant from Norway. Norbeck lived on his family’s farm and attended local schools. The family moved to Charles Mix County in 1885. From his father, a Lutheran minister and legislator, Norbeck learned the fundamentals of politics. He attended the University of Dakota for two terms in the late 1880s but did not earn a degree. In 1892 he started working as an artesian well driller and six years later formed a partnership with Charles Nicholson and Oscar Nicholson. The company of Norbeck and Nicholson, located in Redfield, South Dakota, eventually became the leading artesian well drilling business in the state. In 1900 Norbeck married Lydia Anderson. The couple had four children....

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