Ted Schwinden

Gov. Ted Schwinden

Montana

Term(s)
January 5, 1981 - January 1, 1989

Born
August 31, 1925

Party
Democrat

School(s)
University of Montana

Birth State
Montana

Military Service:
Army

Family:
Married Jean Christianson; three children

BIO

TED SCHWINDEN was born in Wolf Point, Montana. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army until 1946. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Montana. In 1958, he was elected to the Montana House of Representatives. He was named to the Legislative Council in 1959 and served as House minority whip during the 1961 session. In 1965, he was elected president of Montana Grain Growers Association. In 1969, he was named commissioner of state lands, reappointed in 1973, and served until April 1976 when he resigned to become a candidate for lieutenant governor. He served as lieutenant governor from 1977 to 1981. In 1981 he became governor of Montana.

Source

Ted Schwinden Papers, 1968-2001. Montana Historical Society.

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