Nonpartisan League


Nonpartisan League
a political organization of farmers, founded in North Dakota in 1915, and extending to many states west of the Mississippi, with the aim of influencing agricultural legislation in state legislatures.

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Alliance of U.S. farmers to gain protection from wheat monopolies.

Founded in North Dakota in 1915 by Arthur Townley, it demanded that mills, grain elevators, banks, and hail-insurance companies be state owned. In 1916 its candidate, Lynn Frazier, was elected governor of North Dakota, and the state legislature enacted its program in 1919. The league declined after the 1920s and affiliated with the Democrats in 1956.

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▪ United States history
also called  Farmers' Nonpartisan League , or (after 1917)  National Nonpartisan League 

      in U.S. history, alliance of farmers to secure state control of marketing facilities by endorsing a pledged supporter from either major party. It was founded in North Dakota by a Socialist, Arthur C. Townley, in 1915, at the height of the Progressive movement in the Northwest. To protect the farmer from alleged wheat trade monopolies by speculators and officials, the league demanded state-owned mills, grain elevators, banks, and hail insurance companies.

      In 1916 the league candidate, Lynn J. Frazier, won the North Dakota gubernatorial election, and in 1919 the state legislature enacted the entire league program. The league gradually declined in the 1920s and after 1932 became a rigid political machine. It affiliated with the Democrats in 1956.

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