Harold Knutson (October 20, 1880-August 21, 1953) was born in Skien, Norway. At the age of 6 he and his family moved to the US initially settling in Chicago, Illinois, but later moving to Sherburne County, Minnesota. He became the editor for the St. Cloud Daily Journal-Press and later president of the Northern Minnesota Editorial Association. From 1917 to 1949 he served as a Republican Party Congressman and was majority whip from 1919-1923. In 1947 he headed the House Ways and Means Committee, but Truman vetoed their proposals and deemed them a "Do Nothing Congress." He was then defeated in 1948 and returned to editing. He continued to do that until his death in 1953.
On a personal score he was a Lutheran who set up a camp for "neglected, unfortunate, deprived and handicapped children." He was also a member of the Freemasons, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Preceded by: Charles Lindbergh U.S. Representative from the 6th Congressional District of Minnesota 1917-1949 Succeeded by: Fred Marshall