Eric G. Hoyer

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Eric G. Hoyer
36th Mayor of Minneapolis
In office
Preceded byHubert Humphrey
Succeeded byP. Kenneth Peterson
Personal details
BornMarch 3, 1898
DiedMarch 17, 1990(1990-03-17) (aged 92)
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.

Eric G. Hoyer (March 3, 1898 – March 17, 1990) was an American interior designer and politician who served as mayor of Minneapolis from 1948 to 1957.

Life and career[edit]

Hoyer was born in Sweden and emigrated to Minnesota in 1919 to settle the estate of his brother who had died during the 1918 flu pandemic. He then remained in Minneapolis, working in construction and later interior design. He took classes at the Dunwoody Institute but later remarked that he learned most of his skills on his own.[1]

His interest in politics began when he worked on the campaign of Floyd B. Olson. Thereafter he became involved with local labor unions and, in 1936, was elected to the Minneapolis City Council. When Hubert Humphrey resigned as mayor in 1948 after winning election to the United States Senate, Hoyer (as president of the city council) became the city's acting mayor. He was later elected to four additional terms, serving until 1957 during a largely uneventful period in the city's history. He lost his 1957 reelection bid to P. Kenneth Peterson.[1][2]

Hoyer died in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Anderson, John W. (20 Mar 1990). "Eric Hoyer, 92, dies; was Minneapolis mayor from 1948 to '57". Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
  2. ^ "Career of Eric G. Hoyer". Minnesota Election Trends Project.
Political offices
Preceded by
Hubert Humphrey
Mayor of Minneapolis
1948 – 1957
Succeeded by
P. Kenneth Peterson