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Robert Selmer Bergland

Robert Selmer Bergland, former United States Secretary of Agriculture. Recipient Gold Letter award University Minnesota, Sears Roebuck scholar, 1946-1948. Secretary Roseau County Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Minnesota, 1951-1952, chairman, 1953-1954; board regents University Minnesota, 1994; Member Sons of Norway, National Farmers Organization, Minnesota Farmers Union, Masons, Lions, Eagles.

Background

  • Bergland, Robert Selmer was born on July 22, 1928 in Roseau, Minnesota, United States. Son of Selmer Bennett and Mabel (Evans) Bergland.

  • Education

    • Sears Roebuck scholar, University Minnesota, 1948.

    Career

    • Field representative Minnesota Farmers Union, 1948-1950. Farmer, since 1950; official Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service United States Department of Agriculture, 1963—1968, secretary, 1977—1981. Member United States Congress from 7th District Minnesota, 1971—1977.

      Chairman Farmland World Trade, 1981—1982. Vice president, general manager National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, 1982—1993.

    Major achievements

    • Sons of Norway; National Farmers Organization; Minnesota Farmers Union; Masons; Lions; Eagles.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Lutheran

    Membership

    Secretary Roseau County Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Minnesota, 1951-1952, chairman, 1953-1954. Board regents University Minnesota, 1994. Member Sons of Norway, National Farmers Organization, Minnesota Farmers Union, Masons, Lions, Eagles.

    Connections

    • Married Helen Elaine Grahn, June 24, 1950. Children: Dianne, Linda, Stevan, Jon (deceased), Allan, Bill, Franklyn.
    • father: Selmer Bennett Bergland
    • mother: Mabel (Evans) Bergland
    • spouse: Helen Elaine Grahn
    • children: Dianne Bergland
    • Linda Bergland
    • Stevan Bergland
    • Jon Bergland (deceased)
    • Allan Bergland
    • Bill Bergland
    • Franklyn Bergland
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    Nationality
    • 1948
      University Minnesota
    • 1948 - 1950
      Field representative Minnesota Farmers Union
    • 1950
      farmer
    • 1971 - 1977
      member, United States Congress from 7th District Minnesota
    • 1981 - 1982
      chairman, Farmland World Trade
    • 1982 - 1993
      vice president, National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association
    • 1982 - 1993
      general manager, National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association
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