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Albert Dean Rosellini

Gov. Albert Dean Rosellini

  • January 14, 1957 - January 11, 1965
  • Democratic
  • January 21, 1910
  • October 10, 2011
  • Washington
  • University of Washington
  • Married Ethel K. McNeil; four children


Born in Tacoma, Washington, ALBERT DEAN ROSELLINI received B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Washington. Before being elected governor, he served as Assistant Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of King County from 1933 to 1941; State Senator from 1938 to 1956; and State Assistant Attorney General from 1941 to 1943. During his two terms as governor, he advocated improvement of mental hospitals and prisons, established a Department of Commerce and Economic Development, and supported a new budgeting and accounting system for the state. Rosellini was defeated for reelection in 1964 and retired to the practice of law. He died on October 10, 2011 at the age of 101.


Official Records at Washington State Archives, 1957-1965, 149 cubic feet.

List of finding aids available at the Division of Archives and Records Management, Office of the Secretary of State. Available in hard copy: Guide to the Papers of the Governors of Washington, Volume 4: 1957-1965—Governor Rosellini.

The Political Graveyard

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Washington State Library: Governors of Washington State

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