Gerald Nye


Birthday December 19, 1892

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace Wisconsin

DEATH DATE Jul 17, 1971 (78)

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Republican politician who served as the United States Senator from North Dakota from 1925 to 1945. He led the eponymous special committee investigating bankers' involvement in WWI, which turned public opinion toward isolationism.

Before Fame

He went into the newspaper business, buying a North Dakota daily with money he inherited from his father and used its editorial pages to speak out against big business.


In the Senate he chaired the committee investigating banking and munitions interests in WWI, which suggested the U.S. was persuaded to enter the war by the ammunitions makers.

Family Life

He was born in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, his father Raymond Nye a newspaper editor and supporter of leftist leaders.

Associated With

As Chairman of the Public Lands commission, he found the illegal lease of an oil field by Warren G. Harding's interior secretary, which led to the Teapot Dome Scandal.