C. Elmer Anderson

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Clyde Elmer Anderson
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28th Governor of Minnesota
In office
September 27, 1951 – January 5, 1955
LieutenantAncher Nelsen
Donald O. Wright
Preceded byLuther Youngdahl
Succeeded byOrville Freeman
30th and 33rd Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 2, 1945 – September 27, 1951
GovernorEdward J. Thye
Luther W. Youngdahl
Preceded byArchie H. Miller
Succeeded byAncher Nelsen
In office
January 2, 1939 – January 4, 1943
GovernorHarold E. Stassen
Preceded byGottfrid Lindsten
Succeeded byEdward John Thye
Mayor of Brainerd, Minnesota
In office
Personal details
Born(1912-03-16)March 16, 1912
Brainerd, Minnesota
DiedJanuary 22, 1998(1998-01-22) (aged 85)
Brainerd, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lillian Otterstad
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota Medical School
(Did not graduate)

Clyde Elmer Anderson (March 16, 1912 – January 22, 1998), more commonly known as C. Elmer Anderson, was an American politician who served as the 28th Governor of Minnesota from September 27, 1951 to January 5, 1955. Anderson also served as the Lieutenant governor of Minnesota on two occasions, from 1939 to 1943 and again from 1945 to 1951.

Life and career[edit]

Anderson was born in Brainerd, Minnesota in 1912. His father died when he was only 14, forcing him to get a job with a magazine and newspaper company to help support the family. He attended Brainerd High School and spent two quarters at the University of Minnesota studying medicine before running out of tuition money and returning home to continue working.[1][2]

In 1938, he ran as lieutenant governor of Minnesota with Republican gubernatorial candidate Harold Stassen and won. At 31 and 26 years old, respectively, Stassen and Anderson were the youngest governor and lieutenant governor in state history. Anderson went on to win re-election as lieutenant governor five more times under three different governors. He holds the record for the most total years served as the state's lieutenant governor.[1][2]

In September 1951, Anderson became governor when Luther Youngdahl resigned to become a federal judge in Washington, D.C. He won election to a full term in 1952 but was defeated by Orville Freeman two years later. After leaving the governor's office, he served as mayor of Nisswa from 1961 to 1963, and as mayor of Brainerd from 1976 to 1986. He died in Brainerd in 1998. The C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway is named in his honor.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "Former Gov. C. Elmer Anderson dead at 85". Minnesota Daily. Associated Press. January 23, 1988. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "C. Elmer Anderson Biography". Minnesota Historical Society.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Luther Youngdahl
Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota
1952, 1954
Succeeded by
Ancher Nelsen
Political offices
Preceded by
Gottfrid Lindsten
Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Edward John Thye
Preceded by
Archie H. Miller
Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Ancher Nelsen
Preceded by
Luther Youngdahl
Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Orville Freeman