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John Miller Baer

John Miller Baer (March 29, 1886 – February 18, 1970) was a U.S. Representative from North Dakota.

Born at Black Creek, Wisconsin, Baer attended the public schools. He was graduated from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1909. He moved to Beach, Golden Valley County, North Dakota, in 1909 and engaged as a civil engineer and in agricultural pursuits from 1909–1915 and served as Postmaster of Beach, North Dakota.

Baer also worked as a cartoonist and furnished cartoons and articles to newspapers. Baer worked for the Non-Partisan Leader from 1909 to 1917. After resigning as postmaster, Baer relocated to Fargo and cartooned for the Fargo Courier-News.[1]

Baer was elected as a member of the Nonpartisan League[2] to the Sixty-fifth Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Henry T. Helgesen, and reelected to the succeeding Congress (August 10, 1917 – March 3, 1921). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture (Sixty-sixth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-seventh Congress in 1920. He resumed activities as a cartoonist and journalist for Labor, the newspaper of the National Railroad Union.[3]

He died in Washington, D.C., February 18, 1970. He was interred in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry Thomas Helgesen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 1st congressional district

1917–1921
Succeeded by
Olger B. Burtness

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