Senate 1941-46 (District 60)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
High School Chemistry Teacher, Chisholm/Educational Administrator, St. Louis County Schools
Chisholm Public Schools; Elementary School;
Chisholm High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1929
University of Chicago; Attended College; Summer 1938
State Teachers College, Winona; B.E.; With Distinction, June 1935
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Attended Graduate School; Minneapolis Campus, Public Administration, 1941-42
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
U.S. Executive Branch:
United States Civilian Conservation Corps, Minnesota (Superior National Forest);
1935 to 1937
St. Louis County, Minnesota (Assistant Superintendent of Schools);
1939 to 1941
United States Army Air Forces/Corps and the Office of Strategic Services (World War II, Served Overseas, Yugoslavia and Italy; Lieutenant and Captain, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal Recipient);
08/1942 to 01/1946
8th Congressional District, Minnesota;
01/03/1947 to 12/31/1974
Single (while in office); Gisela Hager (married on April 9, 1955; divorced); Evelyn Castiglioni (second wife)
Three children (with his first wife, after he left office): Thomas H., Stephanie, and Valerie
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
He was of Yugoslavian ancestry.
He was on active military duty during the 1943 session.
"He championed liberal politics." (Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 18, 1991)
He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party when he served in the United States Congress.
The John A. Blatnik bridge between between Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin was named after him in September 1971.
He died, from heart failure, at home in Forest Heights, Maryland.