Charles August (C.A.) Lindbergh
Charles August (C.A.) Lindbergh, father of the famous aviator, was born Carl Mansson Jan. 20, 1858, in Stockholm, Sweden.
His father, August Lindbergh, had been a member of the Swedish parliament who emigrated to the United States when C.A. was about a year old after being charged with illegal banking activities. It was at that time that his name was changed to Charles August Lindbergh. The family settled in Melrose, Minn.
Following his graduation from University of Michigan Law School in 1883, C.A. established a practice in Little Falls, Minn., and quickly became one of the town's leading citizens, serving as county attorney in 1890.
In April 1887, C.A. married Mary LaFond, the daughter of two of the town’s original settlers. C.A. and Mary had two daughters, Lillian and Eva. In 1898, Mary died of complications from abdominal surgery.
In the fall of 1900, C.A. met Evangeline Lodge Land and the two were married in March 1901. The newlyweds settled in a new house along the Mississippi River southwest of Little Falls. On Feb. 4, 1902, Evangeline gave birth to their only child, a son they named Charles Augustus Lindbergh.
In 1906, C.A. Lindbergh, a Republican, was elected from Minnesota's Sixth District to the U.S. House of Representatives, a position he held for 10 years. When the 60th Congress opened on Dec. 2, 1907, Rep. Lindbergh was joined by his son on the floor of the first session.
At the outset of World War I, C.A. favored neutrality, and he soon became an ardent antiwar spokesman. Once the United States joined the war, Lindbergh supported the effort, but his reputation had been set. In 1916, C.A. lost a bid for the U.S. Senate. Then in 1918, he lost a bid for governor in a very contentious race. Following his political bids, C.A. continued to speak out against the war, writing Why Is Your Country At War, a book that prompted the federal government to define his work as "seditious" and call for its destruction.
With his career in politics practically at an end, C.A. bought and sold real estate for a short while, eventually returning to Minnesota and establishing a new law practice in the Twin Cities. In 1924, he mounted a brief campaign for governor, this time as a member of the Farmer-Labor Party. His son, by then a young aviator, flew his father to several campaign stops. But C.A. Lindbergh's return to political life was cut short by a brain tumor, and he died in Crookston, Minn., on May 24, 1924.