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Former Duluth Lawmaker Alfred France Dies

This photo from the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library shows Alfred E. France during his first term in the Minnesota House.  France died Saturday at the age of 88. This photo from the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library shows Alfred E. France during his first term in the Minnesota House. France died Saturday at the age of 88. | 

July 14, 2015 02:48 PM

Alfred E. France, who represented Duluth in the Minnesota House of Representatives for most of the 1960's and later headed the Iron Mining Association, has died at the age of 88.

France died Saturday of leukemia, according to an obituary printed in the Duluth News Tribune.

According to the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, France was elected to the House in 1962 and served for eight years.  The House was non-partisan when France was elected, but he caucused with the Conservatives.  Prior to his time in the Legislature, France had served as an administrative assistant for Gov. Luther Youngdahl and Gov. Elmer Anderson.

After his time in the Legislature, France served as chairman of the Iron Mining Association for 20 years.

France was born in Pennsylvania in 1927 and served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947.  He was married and had three children.

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