Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas N. Bonner

Second Advisor

Dr. Frederick W. Adrian


The purpose of this study was to analyze the circumstances which fostered nomination and election of an independent candidate, George Norris of Nebraska, to the United States Senate in 1936. Beginning with the political and economic background of the state of Nebraska, an attempt has been made to study progressively highlights, events, and personalities through the primaries, the state and national conventions, the summer activities of the candidates, as well as the rigorous fall campaigning, and the election in November. Cause and effect relationships in this unique election were evaluated in order to propound a theory regarding the possibilities of success for independent candidacy.


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of History University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1963, Fredric L. Splittgerber

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