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Holm Olaf Bursum

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States
Death: August 7, 1953 (86)
Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Frantz Otto Olsen Bursum and Marthe Marie Havorsdatter Bursum
Husband of Lula Mae Bursum
Father of Ruth Mildred Paxton

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About Holm O. Bursum, U.S. Senator


Holm Olaf Bursum (February 10, 1867 – August 7, 1953) was a politician from the U.S. state of New Mexico, whose activities were instrumental for gaining statehood under the Taft Administration and later served as United States Senator from New Mexico.


Bursum was born at Fort Dodge, Iowa to Norwegian-American parents. He attended the public schools in Iowa before moving to New Mexico Territory in 1881. He settled near Socorro and engaged in raising livestock.

Political career

He was a member of the New Mexico Territorial senate, 1899–1900; chairman of the Territorial central committee in 1905 and 1911; member of the State constitutional convention in 1910; and a member of the Republican National Committee, 1920-1924.

Bursum was appointed on March 11, 1921, and subsequently elected on September 20, 1921, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Albert B. Fall and served from March 11, 1921, to March 4, 1925. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924. He served as chairman, Committee on Pensions (Sixty-seventh and Sixty-eighth Congresses). Subsequently Holm Bursum pursued a newspaper career in Washington, D.C. and in New Mexico until his death in 1953.

Later years

Bursum subsequently returned to Socorro and resumed his former business interests until his death in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is interred in Socorro Protestant Cemetery in Socorro. Through his sister Ruth Bursum's marriage, he is connected to the Paxton family, a name of equal prominence in New Mexico. Holm Bursum's name can either be spelled Bursum or Bursom. The name is pronounced Ber-sum.

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Holm O. Bursum, U.S. Senator's Timeline

February 10, 1867
Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States
Age 36
August 7, 1953
Age 86
Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States