Monrad Wallgren

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Monrad Wallgren
Governor Monrad Charles Wallgren.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1933 – December 19, 1940
Preceded by Lindley H. Hadley
Succeeded by Henry M. Jackson
United States Senator
from Washington
In office
December 19, 1940 – January 9, 1945
Preceded by Lewis B. Schwellenbach
Succeeded by Hugh Mitchell
13th Governor of Washington
In office
January 8, 1945 – January 12, 1949
Lieutenant Victor A. Meyers
Preceded by Arthur B. Langlie
Succeeded by Arthur B. Langlie
Personal details
Born (1891-04-17)April 17, 1891
Des Moines, Iowa
Died September 18, 1961(1961-09-18) (aged 70)
Olympia, Washington
Political party Democratic

Monrad Charles Wallgren (April 17, 1891 – September 18, 1961) was an American politician who served as the 13th Governor of Washington from 1945 to 1949, as well as representing that state in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

Wallgren, of Swedish descent, was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1891. His family moved to Texas in 1894 and then to Everett, Washington in 1901. He attended public schools and business college in Everett, graduating from the Washington State School of Optometry in Spokane, Washington in 1914. He worked in retail jewelry and optometry from 1915 to 1932, as well as serving in the Washington National Guard from 1917 to 1919 and 1921 to 1922. He was an outstanding player of three-cushion billiards and balkline and straight rail billiards.[1]

In 1932, Wallgren ran for election to the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat. He defeated incumbent Republican Albert Johnson, and took office in the 73rd United States Congress on March 4, 1933. Near the end of his fourth term in 1940, Wallgren ran for United States Senate to replace fellow Democrat Lewis B. Schwellenbach, who was retiring to accept a judicial nomination. Wallgren won the election, and was also appointed to finish the rest of Schwellenbach's term. He took office on December 19, 1940.

While Wallgren served portions of two different terms (the end of Schwellenbach's and the one that Wallgren was elected to), he served less than 6 years in the Senate. In 1944, he successfully ran for governor against incumbent Republican Arthur B. Langlie, resigning from the Senate on January 9, 1945 to serve as governor from then until 1949. He was defeated for re-election as governor by Langlie in 1948,[2] and was nominated by President Harry Truman as the chairman of the National Security Resources Board. That nomination was later withdrawn, and Wallgren served on the Federal Power Commission in 1950 and 1951. He then retired from public service.

In 1961, Wallgren died of complications resulting from a traffic accident.[3]


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lindley H. Hadley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1933 – December 19, 1940
Succeeded by
Henry M. Jackson
United States Senate
Preceded by
Lewis B. Schwellenbach
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Washington
December 19, 1940 – January 9, 1945
Served alongside: Homer Bone, Warren Magnuson
Succeeded by
Hugh Mitchell
Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur B. Langlie
Governor of Washington
Succeeded by
Arthur B. Langlie