After going to the capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota, we decided to check out the capitol building in Bismarck, North Dakota.
(The styles of the two buildings were starkly different, which was interesting.)
Inside, above a door leading into a conference room, I spotted an intriguing name: Brynhild Haugland.
Who was she?
Brynhild Haugland (1905-1998) was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants Nels and Sigurda Haugland. She was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives 26 times in a row (1938-1990), making her the longest serving state legislator in the history of the U.S.
The Norwegian name Brynhild can be traced back to a Germanic name consisting of elements meaning “mail, armor” and “war, battle.”
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