|34th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota|
|Governor||C. Elmer Anderson|
|Preceded by||C. Elmer Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Donald O. Wright|
October 11, 1904|
Buffalo Lake, Minnesota
|Died||November 30, 1992
|Spouse(s)||Ilo Zimmerman (1929), Elvern Krasean|
Ancher Nelsen (October 11, 1904 – November 30, 1992), was a politician who served as the 34th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Minnesota and an eight-term congressman.
He was born near Buffalo Lake, Minnesota to Danish parents. Nelsen attended elementary school in Brownton, Minnesota, and graduated from Brownton High School in 1923. In 1924 he began operation of his 280-acre diversified farm at Hutchinson, McLeod County. In 1929 he married Ilo Zimmerman of Brownton; they had three children.
He was a member of the Minnesota Senate, 1935–1949; delegate to the 1948 Republican National Convention and 1952 Republican National Convention. He was elected the 34th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota in 1952. He served less than one year (1953). He resigned to become administrator of the Rural Electrification Administration Program, in Washington, D.C., 1953–1956; He was elected as a Republican to the US House of Representatives in 1958 and served in Congress; from January 3, 1959 – December 31, 1974 in the 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st, 92nd, and 93rd congresses.
- Ancher Nelsen at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Ancher Nelson Papers
- Minnesota Historical Society
- Minnesota Legislators Past and Present
- Guide to Research papers of Ancher Nelsen
- A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with Ancher Nelsen" is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
C. Elmer Anderson
|Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Donald O. Wright
|United States House of Representatives|
Joseph P. O'Hara
|U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district