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Senator Ernest Lundeen

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Senator Ernest Lundeen

Senator Ernest Lundeen

Photo of Minnesota Sen. Ernest Lundeen, April 1940.

Via the Library of Congress, photograph by Harris & Ewing
Aftermath of the crash

Aftermath of the crash

The wreckage of the Pennsylvania Central Airlines plane, which crashed during a violent thunderstorm near Lovettsville on August 31, 1940. 25 people were killed, including Minnesota Sen. Ernest Lundeen.

Courtesy of Edward W. Spannaus, Lovettsville Historical Society
82 years later

82 years later

Modern-day photo of the field in Lovettsville, Virginia where Trip 19 crashed in 1940, killing all 25 passengers on board.

Kelsey Desiderio / MSNBC
Passenger #15

Passenger #15

Manifest for Pennsylvania Central Airlines Flight 19 on August 31, 1940. Sen. Ernest Lundeen is listed as passenger 15.

Ernest Lundeen papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Lundeen's funeral

Lundeen's funeral

Program for the funeral service of Sen. Ernest Lundeen on September 4, 1940, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Ernest Lundeen papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Justice Department's denial

Justice Department's denial

Letter from Attorney General Robert H. Jackson addressed to Sen. Ernest Lundeen's widow, denying that there was ongoing investigation into Lundeen at the time of his death.

Ernest Lundeen papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
\"The German Element in America\"

"The German Element in America"

The speech written for Sen. Ernest Lundeen by a paid Nazi agent. Lundeen was carrying these pages when he died, and they were found near the scene of the plane crash.

Ernest Lundeen papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
\"It appears to be...\"

"It appears to be..."

A note pinned to the speech Sen. Ernest Lundeen was carrying the day he died, describing how the manuscript was found 100 yards from the scene of the crash.

Ernest Lundeen papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Witch hunt

Witch hunt

Shortly before Sen. Ernest Lundeen's death, a newspaper called P.M. published a report that exposed Lundeen's scheme with a paid Nazi agent to distribute German propaganda throughout the United States. The agent sent this letter to Lundeen, telling him not to worry about the press being onto them, and that the whole thing was a \"witch hunt.\"
Ernest Lundeen papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Note to self

Note to self

A letter Sen. Ernest Lundeen wrote to himself on the eve before he was sworn in to the United States Senate. The letter reads: "May I be a senator after Wash[ington] and Lincoln and under God (always for our America.)"

Ernest Lundeen papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
On the record

On the record

A copy of the Congressional Record from 1940, containing Sen. Ernest Lundeen's last speech on the floor of the Senate. The handwritten note at the top was added by his widow, Norma.

Ernest Lundeen papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Lundeen for Congress

Lundeen for Congress

Business card from Ernest Lundeen's campaign for Congress.

Ernest Lundeen papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Ernest Lundeen's archives

Ernest Lundeen's archives

A box containing Sen. Ernest Lundeen's records and papers at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University.

Kelsey Desiderio / MSNBC
NBC Radio archives

NBC Radio archives

Programming card from NBC News Radio cataloguing Sen. Ernest Lundeen's appearances in 1940.

Library of Congress, Recorded Sound Research Center
\"Shall the U.S. declare war on Germany?\"

"Shall the U.S. declare war on Germany?"

Sen. Ernest Lundeen sent these pamphlets to his constituents, and asked them to indicate whether or not they supported the United States declaring war on Germany.

Ernest Lundeen papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
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