William I. Nolan

William Ignatius Nolan (May 14, 1874 August 3, 1943) was a politician from the U.S. State of Minnesota. He represented the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

William Ignatius Nolan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 5th district
In office
July 17, 1929 March 3, 1933
Preceded byWalter Newton
Succeeded byTheodore Christianson
24th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 6, 1925  June 1929
GovernorTheodore Christianson
Preceded byLouis L. Collins
Succeeded byCharles Edward Adams
34th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byRalph J. Parker
Succeeded byJohn A. Johnson
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1874-05-14)May 14, 1874
Saint Paul, Minnesota
DiedAugust 3, 1943(1943-08-03) (aged 69)
Winona, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Matea E. Solem (1894)
Professionlecturer, politician

Nolan was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1891 to 1896.

He was member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1903–1907, 1911–1913, and 1917–1923, serving as speaker from 19191923. He was Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota from 19251929. Nolan was the chairman of the Minnesota Reforestation Commission in 1927.

Nolan was elected as a Republican to the 71st congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Walter Newton. Nolan was reelected to the 72nd congress and served from June 17, 1929, to March 4, 1933. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the 73rd congress and continued to be an unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1934, 1936, and 1938. Nolan resumed his profession as a lecturer. He was elected State railroad and warehouse commissioner in 1942 and served until his death in Winona, Minnesota.


  • United States Congress. "William I. Nolan (id: N000128)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Political offices
Preceded by
Louis L. Collins
Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
1925 1929
Succeeded by
Charles Edward Adams
Preceded by
Ralph J. Parker
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
1919 1925
Succeeded by
John A. Johnson
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Walter Newton
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 5th congressional district
1929 1933
Succeeded by
At large on a General ticket:
Henry M. Arens, Ray P. Chase, Theodore Christianson, Einar Hoidale, Magnus Johnson, Harold Knutson, Paul John Kvale, Ernest Lundeen, Francis Shoemaker
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