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Capital: Bismarck

State Nickname: Peace Garden State

State Bird: Meadowlark

State Flower: Wild Praorie Rose

Admitted to the Union: November 2, 1889

 
Governors

November 4, 1869 to January 6, 1891:

John Miller

January 7, 1891 to January 4, 1893:

Andrew H. Burke

January 4, 1893 to January 7, 1895:

Eli C. D. Shortridge

January 7, 1895 to January 5, 1897:

Roger Allin

January 5, 1897 to August 9, 1898:

Frank A. Briggs*

*Died in office

August 9, 1898 to January 3, 1899:

Joseph M. Devine

January 3, 1899 to January 10, 1901:

Frederick B. Fancher

January 10, 1901 to January 4, 1905:

Frank White

January 5, 1905 to January 9, 1907:

Elmore Y. Sarles

January 9, 1907 to January 8, 1913:

John Burke

January 8, 1913 to January 3, 1917:

Louis B. Hanna

Janaury 3, 1917 to November 23, 1921:

Lynn J. Frazier

November 23, 1921 to January 5, 1925:

Ragnvald A. Nestos

January 7, 1925 to August 28, 1928:

Arthur G. Sorlie

* Died in office

August 28, 1928 to January 9, 1929:

Walter J. Maddock

January 9, 1929 to December 31, 1932:

George F. Shafer*

* Removed from office

December 31, 1932 to July 17, 1934:

William Langer

July 17, 1934 to January 7, 1935:

Ole H. Olson

January 7, 1935 to February 2, 1935:

Thomas H. Moodie*

* Disqualified after elected

February 2, 1935 to January 6, 1937:

Walter Welford

January 6, 1937 to January 7, 1939:

William Langer

January 5, 1939 to January 4, 1945:

John Moses

January 4, 1945 to January 3, 1951:

Fred G. Aandahl

January 3, 1951 to January 9, 1957:

C. Norman Brunsdale

January 9, 1957 to January 4, 1961:

John E. Davis

January 4, 1961 to January 2, 1973:

William L. Guy

January 2, 1973 to January 7, 1981:

Arthur A. Link

January 7, 1981 to January 8, 1985:

Allen I. Olson

January 8, 1985 to January 5, 1992:

George Sinner

December 15, 1992 to January 4, 2000:

Edward T. Schafer

January 5, 2000

John Hoeven

 
Senators - Class I

November 25, 1889 March 3, 1893

Lyman Rufus Casey

March 4, 1893 March 3, 1899

William Nathaniel Roach

March 4, 1899 March 3, 1923

Porter James McCumber

March 4, 1923 January 3, 1941

Lynn Joseph Frazier

January 3, 1941 November 8, 1959

William Langer * Died in office

November 19, 1959 August 7, 1960

Clarence Norman Brunsdale

August 8, 1960 September 8, 1992

Quentin Northrup Burdick * Died in office

September 16, 1992 December 14, 1992

Jocelyn Birch Burdick

December 14, 1992

Gaylord Kent Conrad

 
Senators - Class III

November 21, 1889 March 3, 1891

Gilbert Ashville Pierce

March 4, 1891 March 3, 1909

Henry Clay Hansbrough

March 4, 1909 October 21, 1909

Martin Nelson Johnson

November 10, 1909 January 31, 1910

Fountain Land Thompson * Resigned office

February 1, 1910 February 1, 1911

William Edward Purcell

February 2, 1911 March 3, 1921

Asle Jorgenson Gronna

March 4, 1921 June 22, 1925)

Edwin Freemont Ladd * Died in office

November 14, 1925 January 3, 1945

Gerald Prentice Nye

January 3, 1945 March 3, 1945

John Moses

March 12, 1945 January 3, 1981

Milton Ruben Young

January 3, 1981 January 3, 1987

Mark Andrews

January 6, 1987 December 14, 1992

Gaylord Kent Conrad

December 15, 1992

Byron Leslie Dorgan

 
State Song
North Dakota Hymn

Lyrics by James W. Foley
Music by Dr. C. S. Putnam

North Dakota, North Dakota,
With thy prairies wide and free,
All thy sons and daughters love thee,
Fairest state from sea to sea;
North Dakota, North Dakota,
Here we pledge ourselves to thee.

Here thy loyal children singing,
Songs of happiness and praise,
Far and long the echoes ringing,
Through the vastness of thy ways;
North Dakota, North Dakota,
We will serve thee all our days

Onward, onward, onward going,
Light of courage in thine eyes,
Sweet the winds above thee blowing,
Green thy fields and fair thy skies;
North Dakota, North Dakota,
Brave the soul that in thee lies.

God of freedom, all victorious,
Give us Souls serene and strong,
Strength to make the future glorious,
Keep the echo of our song;
North Dakota, North Dakota,
In our hearts forever long.


The song was offically adopted in 1927.

Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1890: 182,719

1900: 319,146

1910: 577,056

1920: 646,872

1930: 680,845

1940: 641,935

1950: 619,636

1960: 632,444

1970: 617,792

1980: 652,717

1990: 638,800

2000: 642,200


State Capitol Building 1907