John Miller Baer

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

John Miller Baer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 1st district
In office
August 10, 1917  March 3, 1921
Preceded byHenry Thomas Helgesen
Succeeded byOlger B. Burtness
Personal details
Born(1886-03-29)March 29, 1886
Black Creek, Wisconsin U.S.
DiedFebruary 18, 1970(1970-02-18) (aged 83)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyNonpartisan League
Alma materLawrence University
Professionengineer, cartoonist, postmaster

Early years and education

Born at Black Creek, Wisconsin, Baer was the son of Capt. John M. Baer and Libbie C. Riley Baer.[1] His ancestors on the maternal side were the two families Riley and Swing. From the original family of the former descended the poet and humorist, James Whitcomb Riley, and from the latter, the philosopher and preacher. Prof. David Swing, of Chicago. Baer was also a descendant of the Blairs, an old and favorably known family of Southern Ohio.[2]

Baer attended the public schools of his town. 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.[3]

Baer was elected as a member of the Nonpartisan League[4] 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.


  • United States Congress. "John Miller Baer (id: B000027)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


  1. Matson 1921, p. 82.
  2. Willard & Livermore 1893, p. 41.
  3. John Miller Baer Cartoons
  4. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-09-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry T. Helgesen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Olger B. Burtness

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