Hjalmar Carl Nygaard

Hjalmar Carl Nygaard (March 24, 1906 – July 18, 1963) was an American politician. He represented North Dakota in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1961 until his death in 1963.

Hjalmar Nygaard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1963  July 18, 1963
Preceded byNew district
Succeeded byMark Andrews
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's At-Large district
In office
January 3, 1961  January 3, 1963
Preceded byQuentin Burdick
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1906-03-24)March 24, 1906
Sharon, North Dakota
DiedJuly 18, 1963(1963-07-18) (aged 57)
Washington, DC
Political partyRepublican


Nygaard was born on a farm near Sharon, Steele County, North Dakota. He was one of eight children born to Carl Nygaard and Anna Karene Grimson who had relocated from Decorah, Iowa. He attended the public schools of Sharon, Mayville State Teachers College and the University of North Dakota.


Hjalmar Nygaard taught in the rural schools of Emmons and Steele Counties from 1932 to 1935 and then was engaged in the grocery and hardware businesses from 1936 through 1960.

He served as mayor of Sharon and as a member of the school board and then as member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1949 to 1960. He served as majority leader of that body in 1955 and 1957 and as speaker in 1959. He was a member of the National Monument Commission from 1961 to 1963.

On July 18, 1963, Nygaard entered the United States Capitol office of Dr. George W. Calver, physician to Congress, complaining of chest pains. Nygaard then died of a heart attack in Calver's office.[1] He was buried in City Cemetery at Enderlin, North Dakota.

See also


  1. "Hjalmar Nygaard, Representative, 57" (PDF). The New York Times. 19 July 1963. Retrieved 8 April 2013.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Quentin N. Burdick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
None; seat abolished
Preceded by
New district
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Mark Andrews
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