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Governor Forrest H. Anderson

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Office Dates:  Jan 06, 1969 - Jan 01, 1973

Born:  Jan 30, 1913

Passed:  Jul 20, 1989

Birth State:  Montana

Party:  Democrat

Family:  Married; three children

School(s):  University of Montana Law School, Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America


FORREST H. ANDERSON was born in Helena, Montana, on January 30, 1913. He graduated from the University of Montana Law School and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. Anderson was a member of Montana House of Representatives (1943-1944), Lewis and Clark County Attorney (1945-1947), Special Counsel of the Industrial Accident Board (1947-1949), Associate Justice of the Montana Supreme Court (1953-1956), and Attorney General of Montana (1957-1969). As governor, Anderson reorganized state government, combining more than 100 state agencies into 19 departments and increasing the efficiency of state government. Governor Anderson also authorized the 1972 Constitutional Convention and implemented the new constitution once it was ratified. Anderson was a member of Phi Delta Theta, Shrine, 32nd Degree Mason, Elks, Eagles, Moose, and State and American Bar Associations. He chaired the Western Governors' Conference (1971 to 1972), and served on the National Governors Association's Executive Committee (1970-71). He passed away on July 20, 1989.