Monrad Wallgren

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Monrad Wallgren
Governor Monrad Charles Wallgren (3x4a).jpg
Member of the Federal Power Commission
In office
November 2, 1949 – October 1, 1951
PresidentHarry S. Truman
13th Governor of Washington
In office
January 10, 1945 – January 12, 1949
LieutenantVictor A. Meyers
Preceded byArthur B. Langlie
Succeeded byArthur B. Langlie
United States Senator
from Washington
In office
December 19, 1940 – January 9, 1945
Preceded byLewis B. Schwellenbach
Succeeded byHugh Mitchell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1933 – December 19, 1940
Preceded byLindley H. Hadley
Succeeded byHenry M. Jackson
Personal details
Monrad Charles Wallgren

(1891-04-17)April 17, 1891
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
DiedSeptember 18, 1961(1961-09-18) (aged 70)
Olympia, Washington, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1917–1919, 1921–1922
RankFirst Lieutenant
UnitUnited States Army Coast Artillery Corps,
161st Infantry Regiment (United States)
Battles/warsWorld War I

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 carom 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 of Washington 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]


  1. ^ Gunther, John (1947). Inside U.S.A. New York, London: Harper & Brothers. p. 97.
  2. ^ "Election Search Results - Elections & Voting - WA Secretary of State".
  3. ^ Mon Wallgren, former Washington Governor, dies

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Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Washington
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of Washington
1944, 1948
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1933 – December 19, 1940
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by 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 Governor of Washington
Succeeded by
Arthur B. Langlie