C. Elmer Anderson

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Clyde Elmer Anderson
28th Governor of Minnesota
In office
September 27, 1951 – January 5, 1955
Lieutenant Ancher Nelsen
Donald O. Wright
Preceded by Luther Youngdahl
Succeeded by Orville Freeman
33rd Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 2, 1945 – September 27, 1951
Governor Edward J. Thye
Luther W. Youngdahl
Preceded by Archie H. Miller
Succeeded by Ancher Nelsen
30th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 2, 1939 – January 4, 1943
Governor Harold E. Stassen
Preceded by Gottfrid Lindsten
Succeeded by Edward John Thye
Personal details
Born (1912-03-16)March 16, 1912
Brainerd, Minnesota
Died January 22, 1998(1998-01-22) (aged 85)
Brainerd, Minnesota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lillian Otterstad
Profession politician
Religion Lutheran

Clyde Elmer Anderson (March 16, 1912 – January 22, 1998), more commonly known as C. Elmer Anderson, was an American politician. Born in Brainerd, Minnesota, he served as the 28th Governor of Minnesota from September 27, 1951 to January 5, 1955.[1]

Years of public service[edit]

A Republican, Anderson first ran for lieutenant governor of Minnesota in 1938 with gubernatorial candidate Harold Stassen. He became the state's 30th lieutenant governor at only 25 years old. He was reelected in 1940. He again ran for lieutenant governor in 1944, and was elected the state's 33rd lieutenant governor. He was reelected in 1946, 1948 and 1950.[1]

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. 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 "Governors of Minnesota: C. (Clyde) Elmer Anderson". mnhs.org. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Former Gov. C. Elmer Anderson dead at 85". Minnesota Daily. January 23, 1998. Retrieved 2006-06-18. [dead link]

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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