Andrew J. Volstead
Minnesota Representative Andrew Volstead was an earnest creator
and supporter of the farmer cooperative Magna Charta, the Capper-Volstead
Act. He was a student of cooperatives in this country and abroad, and believed
that co-ops were appropriate instruments for the advance of small farmer welfare.
His tenure in Congress covered years when the nations farmer marketing co-ops
were still in their developing stages, and when there were repeated efforts to
limit their effectiveness. The struggle to enact his legislation was intense,
and its final success was credited in no small measure to his legislative effectiveness.