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Barsness, Edward E.

House 1927-28 (District 47); House 1961-62 (District 47)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election

Counties Served:  Pope


Date of Birth: 7/25/1891
Birth Place: Barsness Township, Minnesota
Birth County: Pope
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/11/1982
Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Glenwood
Occupation (when first elected): Editor and Manager, Pope County Tribune


Starbuck High School; Secondary; Graduate
St. Paul Institute; Vocational-Technical School; Graduate


Military: United States Army (World War I); 191? to 19??
Municipal Mayor: Glenwood, Minnesota (City Mayor); 1924 to 1928 [Elected]
Judge: Minnesota (Probate Judge); 1932 to 1945
State Agency: Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles (Deputy Registrar); 1956 to 1959


Spouse: Grace Toombs (married on March 23, 1924)
Children: Three children: Edward W. (son); Joyce and Joanne (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


He was a board member of the Pope County Historical Society.

He died at the Glenwood Retirement Home in Glenwood, Minnesota. He was buried in the Barsness family cemetery in Barsness Township, Minnesota.

Religion provided by his obituary.

Total Days Served: 1470


62nd Legislative Session (1961-1962)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 47
Elected: 11/8/1960
Residence: Glenwood
Term of Office: 1/3/1961 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Pope
Occupation: Author/World Traveler/Newspaper Career
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
  • Banking
  • Commerce, Manufacturing and Retail Trade
  • Drainage and Soil Conservation
  • Taxes
  • Veterans and Military Affairs

45th Legislative Session (1927-1928)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 47
Elected: 11/2/1926
Residence: Glenwood
Term of Office: 1/4/1927 to 1/7/1929
Counties Represented: Pope
Occupation: Editor and Manager, Pope County Tribune
Party: Nonpartisan Election
  • Banks and Banking
  • Civil Administration
  • Education
  • Elections
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Soldiers Home, State Bonus and Ex-Service Men
Articles & Books By
Barsness, Edward E. Europe Calling. Exposition Press, 1959.

Articles & Books About
"Rites Held for E.E. Barsness, 90, Legislator, Newspaperman." Pope County Tribune, January 14, 1982, Section B.

Archive Collections
Barsness, Edward E. Interview (and Transcript), August 20, 1973 and May 6, 1976 - Available in the West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center's Collection at the University of Minnesota, Morris, Briggs Library.
These files are available in the Legislative Reference Library.