Home of Five Governors
The good life is a little different in Casselton.
It’s something to be able to say your state’s governor once called your town home. Casselton can say it five times over, six if you count a governor who served twice. It’s a unique status in politics and governance, not just in North Dakota but across the United States. No other town in the state can say as much, and we’d be surprised if there was another community in the nation that could make the same claim. North Dakota governors who were born or lived in Casselton:
- Andrew Horace Burke (May 15, 1850-Nov. 17, 1918), North Dakota’s second governor, was in office from 1881 to 1892.
- William Langer (Sept. 30, 1886-Nov. 8, 1959), held the state’s highest office twice. He was North Dakota’s 17th governor from 1933 to 1934 and our 21st governor from 1937 to 1939.
- William Lewis Guy (Sept. 30, 1919-April 26, 2013), North Dakota’s 26th governor, served from 1961-1973.
- George Albert Sinner (born May 19, 1928), our 29th governor, served from 1985 to 1992.
- John “Jack” Dalrymple (born Oct. 16, 1948), became North Dakota’s 32nd governor on Nov. 4, 2010.
We honor all five of our governors in Governor’s Park with a tree and a bench dedicated to each. We call them “our governors” because, no matter which political party they represented, regardless of what they accomplished in office and aside from what they did or have gone on to do after leaving the capital, Casselton is where they started out.