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Tim M. Babcock

Gov. Tim M. Babcock

  • January 25, 1962 - January 6, 1969
  • Republican
  • October 27, 1919
  • April 7, 2015
  • Minnesota
  • Married Betty Lee; two children
  • Succeeded
  • Army


TIM M. BABCOCK was born in Littlefork, Minnesota, on October 27, 1919. He served in the U.S. Infantry in the European Theater during World War II. He was elected to three terms in the Montana House of Representatives from 1953 to 1954 and again from 1957 to 1960. Babcock was elected lieutenant governor in 1960 and became Governor of Montana in January 1962 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Governor Donald G. Nutter. During his term, Governor Babcock moderated the budget signed by Nutter, and proposed a 3-percent sales tax to support state government. Governor Babcock was a member of  the National Governors’ Conference Executive Committee (1964-65) and he chaired the Western Governors’ Conference (1966-1967). He was appointed by President Nixon in 1973 to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere. Governor Babcock was a delegate to the Republican National Convention 11 times and served on the Republican National Committee in 1996 and 2000. represented Montana on the Republican National Committee. He has been a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Freemasons, Eagles, Elks, and Rotary.

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