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Carl Chester Van Dyke (February 18, 1881 – May 20, 1919) was an American soldier, lawyer and politician from Minnesota.

Van Dyke was born in Alexandria and attended the local public schools there. He taught primary school classes in surrounding Douglas County from 1899 to 1901. Later that year, he volunteered for the U.S. Army and served as a private in the Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish–American War. In 1916, he graduated from the St. Paul College of Law (later accredited as the William Mitchell College of Law) and was admitted to the bar at St. Paul. Van Dyke did not engage in extensive practice. Two years later, he was elected Commander-in-Chief of the United Spanish War Veterans September 6, 1918.

Van Dyke was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth congresses and served from March 4, 1915, until his death in Washington, D.C., May 20, 1919. He on April 5, 1917, voted against declaring war on Germany. His interment was in a mausoleum in Forest Cemetery, St. Paul, Minnesota.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

  • Carl Van Dyke at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frederick Stevens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1915 – May 20, 1919
Succeeded by
Oscar Keller

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