Biographical Info – Ralph Maxwell    


Born November 26, 1919, Devils Lake, North Dakota

Present age, 92

Married to Elizabeth Fargusson, February 14, 1948

Six children, eleven grandchildren 


Elementary school:  Turtle Mountain Indian Consolidated Day School, Belcourt, ND  

High School:  1933-1937 Rolla, ND

University of North Dakota:  1937-1941, Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree,       (Senior Class President, Chairman of Student Council)

University of North Dakota:  1945-1947, Bachelor of Laws Degree                                                                   


World War II:  1941-1945, Honorable Discharge, Infantry Sergeant  


Farm Laborer, harvest season, l936, 1937, 1947

Manager, Radio Station KNOX, Grand Forks, ND 1948

States Attorney, Rolette County, ND, 1949-1952

U. S. Attorney and Assistant U. S. Attorney, Fargo, ND, 1953-1957

Private Law Practice, Ohnstad, Twichell & Maxwell, 1958-1968

North Dakota District Court Judge, Fargo, 1967-1978

Administrative Law Judge, U. S. Occupational Safety and Review Commission, 1978-1985   

Private Law Practice, Maxwell Law Office, Fargo 1988-1991

Surrogate Judge of the ND Supreme Court, 1994-1997 


American Legion

Veterans of Foreign Wars

American Bar Association

Cass County Bar Association (Past President)

North Dakota Bar Association

American Judicature Society

Red River Campfire Girls Council

Boy Scouts of America, Scoutmaster (three years)

PTA President

United Methodist Church (Choir member, Sunday School Superintendent, Teacher)

Delegate to ND Constitutional Convention 1972

Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (Past President)

Valley Skydivers

USA Track and Field Association

Public speaking roles of many types, including patriotic talks, commencement addresses, banquet speeches, master of ceremonies, etc. 


“I Object” – ND Law Review 1970

“Fair Trial – Free Press” ND Law Review 1971

“Competency to Stand Trial” ND Law Review 1973

“Divorce Without Trauma” Trial Magazine 1974

“100 Trial Winning Tips” Private Publication 1980

Novel:  “Lethal Lefty” (as yet unpublished)

Three plays (two of which have been staged)  


Currently, I hold seven age-group World Records (including the Decathlon, generally regarded as the premier event in track and field competition). 
Last year, I was awarded a plaque by USA Track& Field identifying me as “USA Track and Field Masters Male Athlete of the Year”. 
I was also honored by induction into the USA Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame.