Thomas S. Kleppe

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41st United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
October 17, 1975 January 20, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Stanley K. Hathaway
Succeeded by Cecil Andrus
10th Administrator of the Small Business Administration
In office
January 18, 1971 October 12, 1975
President Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded by Hilary J. Sandoval Jr.
Succeeded by Mitchell P. Kobelinski
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from North Dakota's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1967 January 3, 1971
Preceded by Rolland W. Redlin
Succeeded by Arthur A. Link
Mayor of Bismarck
In office
April 1950 April 1954
Preceded by Amil Lenhart
Succeeded by Evan Lips
Personal details
Born(1919-07-01)July 1, 1919
Kintyre, North Dakota, U.S.
DiedMarch 2, 2007(2007-03-02) (aged 87)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Glen Loew Gompf
Children4
Education Valley City State University (BA)
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Army.svg  United States Army
Years of service1942–1946
Battles/wars World War II

Thomas Savig Kleppe (July 1, 1919 – March 2, 2007) was an American politician who served as the Representative from North Dakota. He was also the Administrator of the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. [1] [2]

Politics of the United States Political system of the United States of America

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United States House of Representatives Lower house of the United States Congress

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North Dakota U.S. state in the United States

North Dakota is a U.S. state in the midwestern and northern regions of the United States. It is the nineteenth largest in area, the fourth smallest by population, and the fourth most sparsely populated of the 50 states. North Dakota was admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889, along with its neighboring state, South Dakota. Its capital is Bismarck, and its largest city is Fargo.

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Early life and military service

Kleppe was born on July 1, 1919, in Kintyre, North Dakota, the son of Lars O. Kleppe and his wife Hannah Savig Kleppe. He graduated from Valley City High School in Valley City, North Dakota in 1936. Kleppe graduated from Valley City State University, (then Valley City Teachers College). During World War II, Kleppe served from 1942 to 1946 as a Warrant Officer. [3]

Kintyre, North Dakota Unincorporated community in North Dakota, United States

Kintyre is an unincorporated community in northeastern Emmons County, North Dakota, United States. It lies northeast of the city of Linton, the county seat of Emmons County. Its elevation is 2,756 feet (840 m). The community was originally named Campbell for Dugald and Hugh Campbell, brothers who ranched there; it is now named Kintyre for the Kintyre Peninsula in Argyll, Scotland. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 58549.

Valley City High School is a public high school located in Valley City, North Dakota. It is a part of the Valley City Public School District system. The school athletic teams are known as the Hi-Liners.

Valley City, North Dakota City in North Dakota, United States

Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County. The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census, making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Valley City was founded in 1874.

Career

From 1950 to 1954, Kleppe was the Mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota. From 1946 to 1964, he was the president and treasurer of the Gold Seal Company. In 1964, Kleppe was the Republican nominee for United States Senate but lost to the popular incumbent Democrat Quentin N. Burdick. In 1966 he was elected to the Ninetieth United States Congress, and he was reelected in 1968 to the Ninety-first United States Congress (January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971). In 1970 he was again an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate, losing a rematch to Burdick by a wide margin. [4]

Bismarck, North Dakota State capital city in North Dakota, United States

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city's population was estimated in 2018 at 73,112, while its metropolitan population was 132,678. In 2017, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.

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He served as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and later served as the Secretary of the Interior for President Gerald Ford. In his capacity as the Secretary of the Interior, Kleppe was the appellant in Kleppe v. New Mexico (1976), when the Supreme Court ruled that Congress has the "power to protect wildlife on the public lands, state law notwithstanding."

Small Business Administration United States government agency that supports entrepreneurs and small businesses

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United States Secretary of the Interior head of the Department of the Interior in the United States government

The United States secretary of the interior is the head of the United States Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior in the United States is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources; it oversees such agencies as the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Geological Survey, and the National Park Service. The secretary also serves on and appoints the private citizens on the National Park Foundation board. The secretary is a member of the president's Cabinet. The U.S. Department of the Interior should not be confused with the Ministries of the Interior as used in many other countries. Ministries of the Interior in these other countries correspond primarily to the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. Cabinet and secondarily to the Department of Justice.

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Personal life

His first wife, Frieda K. Kleppe, died in 1957. Kleppe married his second wife, Glendora Loew Gompf, on December 18, 1958. He had two children from his first marriage and two daughters from his second marriage. He resided in Bismarck, North Dakota. Kleppe died of Alzheimer's disease, in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 2, 2007. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. [5]

Alzheimers disease Progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory loss

Alzheimer's disease (AD), also referred to simply as Alzheimer's, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of dementia. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events. As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation, mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self-care, and behavioural issues. As a person's condition declines, they often withdraw from family and society. Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Although the speed of progression can vary, the typical life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years.

Bethesda, Maryland Census-designated place in Maryland, United States

Bethesda is an unincorporated, census-designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, located just northwest of the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House, which in turn took its name from Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda. The National Institutes of Health main campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Bethesda, as are a number of corporate and government headquarters.

Arlington National Cemetery Military cemetery in the United States

Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in whose 624 acres (253 ha) the dead of the nation's conflicts have been buried, beginning with the Civil War, as well as reinterred dead from earlier wars. The United States Department of the Army, a component of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), controls the cemetery.

See also

Sagebrush Rebellion political movement for local control of U.S. government land

The Sagebrush Rebellion was a movement in the western United States during the 1970s and 1980s that sought major changes to federal land control, use, and disposal policy in thirteen western states, where federal land holdings include between 20% and 85% of a state's area. Supporters of this movement wanted more state and local control over these lands, if not outright transfer of them to state and local authorities and/or privatization. As much of the land in question is sagebrush steppe, supporters adopted the name "Sagebrush Rebellion."

Kleppe v. New Mexico, 426 U.S. 529 (1976), was a United States Supreme Court decision that unanimously held the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, passed in 1971 by the United States Congress to protect these animals from "capture, branding, harassment, or death", to be a constitutional exercise of congressional power. In February 1974, the New Mexico Livestock Board rounded up and sold 19 unbranded burros from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. When the BLM demanded the animals' return, the state filed suit claiming that the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was unconstitutional; claiming the federal government did not have the power to control animals in federal lands unless they were items in interstate commerce or causing damage to the public lands.

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References

  1. Thomas Savig Kleppe (Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame) Archived 2010-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Thomas Kleppe" (PDF). Homestead National Monument of America. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  3. John Robert Greene (January 6, 2016). "Thomas S. Kleppe (1975–1977) – Secretary of the Interior". Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. Archived from the original on December 7, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  4. "Gold Seal Company". bismarckcafe. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  5. Virginia Grantier (March 5, 2007). "Former Rep. Tom Kleppe dies". Bismarck (ND) Tribune. Retrieved January 1, 2016.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rolland W. Redlin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 2nd congressional district

1967–1971
Succeeded by
Arthur A. Link
Political offices
Preceded by
Hilary J. Sandoval Jr.
Administrator of the Small Business Administration
1971–1975
Succeeded by
Mitchell P. Kobelinski
Preceded by
Stanley K. Hathaway
United States Secretary of the Interior
1975–1977
Succeeded by
Cecil D. Andrus