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Charles A. Lindbergh Sr.


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Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. was a long-time U.S. Representative from northern Minnesota, and an outspoken critic of national finance and World War I. This book was published in anticipation of Lindbergh’s campaign for the Minnesota governorship in 1924, and would have been the first Minnesota governor from the Farmer-Labor Party if he had been elected. Sadly, he passed away on May 24, 1924.


Charles A. Lindbergh Sr.:
Charles August Lindbergh (January 20, 1859 - May 24, 1924) was a United States Congressman from Minnesota’s 6th congressional district from 1907 to 1917. He opposed American entry into World War I as well as the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. He was the father of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.

He was born Carl Månsson, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Lovisa Carlén, the 19-year-old mistress of Ola Månsson, a peasant member of the Riksdag of the Estates and a bank manager. Ola Månsson later changed his name to August Lindbergh and emigrated to the United States with his mistress and their illegitimate infant son, Carl, in 1859. Lovisa became Louisa and young Carl became Charles August Lindbergh. They settled in Melrose, Minnesota and had six more children together.

Charles August Lindbergh studied law at the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1883 and being admitted to the bar the same year. In 1901, he married his second wife, Evangeline Lodge Land (1876-1954), and the couple settled the following year in Little Falls, Minnesota. They had one child, famous aviator an anti-war leader, Charles Lindbergh, Jr.

Lindbergh, Sr. served as prosecuting attorney for Morrison County, Minnesota in 1891-1893. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1906 as a Republican, serving in the 60th, 61st, 62nd, 63rd, and 64th congresses. In 1916 he unsuccessfully campaigned for a seat in the United States Senate. At the time of his death, he was a candidate for governor on the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party ticket.

In 1913 he published Banking, Currency, and the Money Trust. By 1917, the third year of the Great War, Lindbergh’s son was 16 years of age, which meant some possibility of conscription. He wrote an anti-war polemic entitled “Why is Your Country at War?” His son would later famously oppose American intervention in World War II.

Charles August Lindbergh died of brain cancer in 1924 in Crookston, Minnesota. He was 65.