Scott M. Matheson

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Scott Milne Matheson
Scott Matheson speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the USS Salt Lake City, May 12, 1984.JPEG
12th Governor of Utah
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 7, 1985
Lieutenant David S. Monson
Preceded by Calvin L. Rampton
Succeeded by Norman H. Bangerter
65th Chairman of the National Governors Association
In office
1982–1983
Preceded by Richard Snelling
Succeeded by James R. Thompson
Personal details
Born (1929-01-08)January 8, 1929
Chicago, Illinois
Died October 7, 1990(1990-10-07) (aged 61)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Norma Louise Warenski
Children 4
Education University of Utah
Stanford School of Law
Profession Lawyer
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Scott Milne Matheson Jr. (January 8, 1929 – October 7, 1990) was the 12th Governor of Utah from 1977 to 1985. He is the most recent Democrat to serve in that position.

Matheson was born on January 8, 1929, in Chicago to Latter-day Saint parents Scott Milne and Adele Adams Matheson. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Utah, settling first in Parowan, before moving to Salt Lake City, when his father became a federal prosecutor.

Matheson graduated from Salt Lake City's East High School in 1946, earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah in 1950, and a law degree from Stanford University in 1952. He operated a private law practice in Iron County, Utah, for five years before taking a position with Union Pacific Railroad in 1958. At the railroad he rose to the position of general counsel before making his 1976 run for governor.

In 1998, the Utah Supreme Court was moved into the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse building.

During his term as governor, Matheson was named the defendant in the U.S. Supreme Court case of H. L. v. Matheson, which upheld state law requiring parental consent for a teenage girl to obtain an abortion.

In 1951, he married Norma Louise Warenski, and the couple had four children. One is former U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson. Another son, Scott Matheson Jr., was the 2004 Democratic nominee for Governor of Utah, and was appointed as a federal judge in 2010.

On October 7, 1990, Matheson died of multiple myeloma, a rare form of cancer; he was buried in Parowan City Cemetery in Parowan, Utah.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Calvin L. Rampton
Governor of Utah
1977–1985
Succeeded by
Norman H. Bangerter
Preceded by
Richard Snelling
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Chairman of the National Governors Association
1982 – 1983
Succeeded by
James R. Thompson
Illinois