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Forrest H. Anderson

Gov. Forrest H. Anderson

  • January 6, 1969 - January 1, 1973
  • Democratic
  • January 30, 1913
  • July 20, 1989
  • Montana
  • University of Montana Law School, Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America
  • Married; three children


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.

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