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Wendell R. Anderson

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Wendell Anderson
Wendell Anderson.jpg
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
December 30, 1976 – December 29, 1978
Appointed byRudy Perpich
Preceded byWalter Mondale
Succeeded byRudy Boschwitz
33rd Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 4, 1971 – December 29, 1976
LieutenantRudy Perpich
Preceded byHarold LeVander
Succeeded byRudy Perpich
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 44th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 4, 1971
Preceded byClifton Parks
Succeeded byJohn C. Chenoweth
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 49th district
In office
January 8, 1963 – January 3, 1967
Preceded byBill Dosland
Succeeded byRobert O. Ashbach
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 37th district
In office
January 6, 1959 – January 8, 1963
Preceded byS. L. Beanblossom
Succeeded byGeorge A. French
Personal details
Born
Wendell Richard Anderson

(1933-02-01)February 1, 1933
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedJuly 17, 2016(2016-07-17) (aged 83)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Farmer-Labor
Spouse(s)
Mary Christine McKee
(m. 1963; div. 1990)
EducationUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities (BA, LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1956–1957

Wendell Richard "Wendy" Anderson (February 1, 1933 – July 17, 2016) was an American hockey player, politician and the 33rd governor of Minnesota, serving from January 4, 1971, to December 29, 1976. In late 1976 he resigned as governor in order to be appointed to the U.S. Senate after Senator Walter Mondale was elected Vice President of the United States. Anderson served in the Senate from December 30, 1976, to December 29, 1978. (After losing the 1978 Senate election to Rudy Boschwitz, he resigned a few days before the end of his term to give Boschwitz seniority.)[1][2]

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Background

Anderson was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1933. He attended Saint Paul's Johnson High School and the University of Minnesota, where he received a B.A. in 1954. He served in the United States Army in 1956-57 and earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1960.

Hockey career

Anderson played defense for the University of Minnesota from 1951 to 1954, and was a member of the U.S. hockey team that won a silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics. Long after his on-ice career ended, he was drafted by the Minnesota Fighting Saints in the inaugural World Hockey Association draft of 1972, in what was seen as a publicity stunt. (Not to be outdone, another WHA team selected Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin.) While flattered, Anderson chose to remain governor.

Political career

Anderson served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1959 to 1962 and in the Minnesota State Senate from 1963 to 1970.[3] His signature accomplishment as governor was helping to create the "Minnesota Miracle of 1971", an innovative reform in financing of Minnesota public schools and local governments that created a fairer distribution in taxation and education. For his efforts Anderson was featured on a 1973 cover of Time magazine.[4]

After U.S. Senator Walter Mondale was elected vice president in 1976, the governor had to appoint Mondale's successor. Anderson agreed with his lieutenant governor, Rudy Perpich, that Anderson would resign as governor, and Perpich, as the new governor, would appoint Anderson to the Senate.

In what became known as the "Minnesota Massacre", nearly the entire DFL Party ticket was defeated in 1978, including Perpich and the candidates for both U.S. Senate seats, Anderson and Bob Short. Anderson's arrangement to have himself appointed to the Senate—and Perpich's role in that appointment—were deemed central factors in the defeats.[5][6]

From 1995 to 2001 Anderson served as a director for and head of the legal committee of Turbodyne Technologies Inc. (TRBD) in Carpinteria, California. In his later years he was regularly called upon to act as a commentator on Minnesota politics for local stations such as KSTP-TV.[7]

Personal life

Anderson married Mary Christine McKee (1939-2018) of Bemidji, Minnesota, in 1963. They had three children: Amy, Elizabeth, and Brett. They divorced in 1990. [1]

In the 1970s Anderson appeared on the TV game show "What's My Line?" A panel consisting of Gene Rayburn, Arlene Francis, Gene Shalit and Sheila MacRae was unable to guess that he was the governor of Minnesota.

In 1975 two of the Swedish District lodges of the Vasa Order of America selected Anderson as Swedish-American of the Year.[8]

Anderson died on July 17, 2016, of complications of Alzheimer's disease.[9] He was 83.

References

  1. ^ "About Governors of Minnesota : mnhs.org". Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Nathanson, Iric (October 27, 2010). "'Spendy Wendy' and the 1970 gubernatorialelection". MinnPost. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "Anderson, Wendell Richard "Wendy" - Legislator Record - Minnesota Legislators Past & Present". Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "TIME Magazine Cover: Governor Wendell Anderson - Aug. 13, 1973". Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  5. ^ McGrath, Dennis J. (December 6, 2017). "DFL's mishandling of 1976 Senate appointment led to party's 'Minnesota Massacre'". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Gilbert, Curtis (May 30, 2008). "Thirty years ago it was the Republicans' year". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Anderson, Wendell Richard "Wendy" - Legislator Record - Minnesota Legislators Past & Present". Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  8. ^ Wendell R. Anderson (Vasa Order of America)[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Wendell Anderson, former Minnesota governor, dead at 83". Retrieved July 18, 2016.

External links

Party political offices
Preceded by
Karl Rolvaag
Democratic nominee for Governor of Minnesota
1970, 1974
Succeeded by
Rudy Perpich
Preceded by
Wendell H. Ford
Chair of the Democratic Governors Association
1974–1975
Succeeded by
Philip W. Noel
Preceded by
Walter Mondale
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Minnesota
(Class 2)

1978
Succeeded by
Joan Growe
Political offices
Preceded by
Harold LeVander
Governor of Minnesota
1971–1976
Succeeded by
Rudy Perpich
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Walter Mondale
United States Senator (Class 2) from Minnesota
1976–1978
Served alongside: Hubert Humphrey, Muriel Humphrey, David Durenberger
Succeeded by
Rudy Boschwitz
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