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Clyde Elmer Anderson

Gov. Clyde Elmer Anderson

  • September 27, 1951 - January 2, 1955
  • Republican
  • March 16, 1912
  • January 22, 1998
  • Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota
  • Married Lillian Margaret Otterstad; two children


C. ELMER ANDERSON, the twenty-eighth governor of Minnesota, was born in Brainerd, Minnesota on March 16, 1912. His education was attained at the University of Minnesota, however he left before graduating. He then went to work at Service News, Inc., and within a few years bought the company, running all operations at the age of twenty-two. Anderson entered politics as the lieutenant governor of Minnesota, a position he held from 1939 to 1943 and 1945 to 1951. On September 27, 1951, Governor Luther Youngdahl resigned from office, and Anderson, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. He was elected to a term of his own on November 4, 1952. During his tenure, the skilled labor industry within the state was promoted; and reform measures were advocated for mental health, as well as for the law enforcement and penal systems. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Anderson left office on January 2, 1955. He continued to stay politically active, serving as the mayor of Nisswa, a position he held six years. He also served as the mayor of Brainerd. Governor C. Elmer Anderson passed away on January 22, 1998.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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