Forrest H. Anderson
|Forrest H. Anderson|
|17th Governor of Montana|
January 6, 1969 – January 1, 1973
|Lieutenant||Thomas Lee Judge|
|Preceded by||Tim M. Babcock|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Lee Judge|
|Attorney General of Montana|
|Preceded by||Arnold Olsen|
|Succeeded by||Robert L. Woodahl|
|Member of the Montana House of Representatives|
January 30, 1913|
|Died||July 20, 1989
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Evelyn Samson|
Forrest Howard Anderson (January 30, 1913 – July 20, 1989) was an American politician and judge who served as the 17th Governor of Montana from 1969 to 1973. Prior to this, he served as the Attorney General of Montana from 1957 to 1969.
Anderson was born in Helena, Montana. He was graduated from the University of Montana Law School and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America. He married Margaret Evelyn Samson on January 24, 1941, and the couple had three children, Arlee, Newell, and Marge.
Anderson was a Democrat. He served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1943 to 1945. He was a Lewis and Clark County Attorney from 1945 to 1947. He was also an Associate Justice on the Montana Supreme Court from 1953 to 1957, a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention, and Montana Attorney General from 1957 to 1968.
Elected as Governor of Montana in 1968, Anderson was sworn in on January 6, 1969, and he was in office until January 1, 1973. During his tenure, he combined more than one hundred state agencies into nineteen departments, and authorized the 1972 Constitutional Convention and implemented the new constitution once it was ratified.
In 1989, Anderson, who had been in failing health for years, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home. He was cremated and his ashes are interred in Forestvale Cemetery, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana. The Forrest H. Anderson Memorial Bridge which crosses the Missouri River in Craig is named in his honor.
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- Associated Press (July 8, 2007). "Montana bridge dedicated to former governor". Spokesman-Review. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
|Attorney General of Montana
Robert L. Woodahl
Tim M. Babcock
|Governor of Montana
1969 – 1973
Thomas Lee Judge