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Martin Charles Ansorge Passes Away

Today in Masonic History Martin Charles Ansorge passed away in 1967.

Martin Charles Ansorge was an American politician.

Ansorge was born January 1, 1882 in Corning, New York. He would attend Columbia College of Columbia University, an undergraduate college, graduating in 1903. By 1906 he would graduate from Columbia Law School.

In 1906 Ansorge would be admitted to the bar and he would begin practicing law in New York City.

Ansorge would try unsuccessfully to be elected to Congress in 1912, 1914 and 1916. He would decline the Republican nomination in 1918. Through out all of his campaigns in this time period he would run on the platform of "Feed America First". Ansorge had an issue with sending foodstuff out of the country when there were hungry people here in the United States.

Ansorge would be elected to Congress in 1920 serving in Congress from March of 1921 to March of 1923. In his short time in Congress, Ansorge would help to pass one of the first Anti-Lynching bills ever. The Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill prohibited lynching in America. Despite the controversy of the bill Ansorge gave a speech in front of Congress about the importance of the bill.

During his one term in Congress, Ansorge also co-authored the first Port Authority bill for New York and New Jersey. He would present the bill for signature to President Calvin Coolidge.

Under great controversy, Ansorge nominated the first African-American to United State Naval Academy.

After leaving Congress Ansorge would become the director of United Air Lines. He would also represent Henry Ford.

Ansorge was a member of Mt. Nebo Lodge No. 257 in New York City, New York.