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Anderson, Ernest Noral Jerome "Ernest J."

Senate 1955-62 (District 7); Senate 1963-72 (District 10)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus

Counties Served:  Faribault, Martin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 11/28/1902
Birth Place: Frost, Minnesota
Birth County: Faribault
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/27/1992
Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Ernest J.
City of Residence (when first elected): Frost
Occupation (when first elected): Farm Owner and Operator

EDUCATION

Bricelyn High School; Secondary; Graduate

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

School Board/Administration: Frost, Minnesota (School Board, 20 years, President); 19?? to 19??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Alice "Olive" Olsen (married on June 12, 1930; she died on November 26, 1970); Widower
Children: Three children: James and Larry (sons), Marilyn (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was of Norwegian ancestry.

He was born and raised on a farm.

"Dad was a lifelong Republican, but the Democrats were his friends." (Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992)

He died at St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Blue Earth, Minnesota. His funeral was held on January 30, 1992 at United Lutheran Church in Frost, Minnesota. He was buried in the church cemetery.

he was a member of Frost United Lutheran Church in Frost, Minnesota.

Religion provided by the Minnesota State University, Mankato-Library Archives and Historical Center.

Total Days Served: 6573

SESSIONS SERVED

67th Legislative Session (1971-1972)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 10
Elected: 11/3/1970
Residence: Frost
Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
Counties Represented: Faribault, Martin
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Dad was a lifelong Republican, but the Democrats were his friends." (Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992)
Committees:
  • Agriculture (Chair)
  • Commerce and Insurance
  • Committees
  • General Legislation
  • Health and Welfare
  • Public Highways
  • Rules and Administration
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 10
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Frost
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Faribault, Martin
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Dad was a lifelong Republican, but the Democrats were his friends." (Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Commerce
  • Labor (Chair)
  • Public Highways
  • Public Welfare
  • Rules and Legislative Expense
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 10
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Frost
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Faribault, Martin
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Dad was a lifelong Republican, but the Democrats were his friends." (Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Commerce
  • Labor (Chair)
  • Public Highways
  • Public Welfare
  • Rules and Legislative Expense
  • Taxes and Tax Laws
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore

64th Legislative Session (1965-1966) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 10
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Frost
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Faribault, Martin
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Dad was a lifelong Republican, but the Democrats were his friends." (Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Game and Fish
  • Labor (Chair)
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Public Welfare
  • Rules and Legislative Expense
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

63rd Legislative Session (1963-1964)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 10
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Frost
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Faribault, Martin
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Dad was a lifelong Republican, but the Democrats were his friends." (Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Game and Fish
  • Labor (Chair)
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Public Welfare
  • Rules and Legislative Expense
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

62nd Legislative Session (1961-1962) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 07
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: Frost
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Faribault
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Dad was a lifelong Republican, but the Democrats were his friends." (Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Game and Fish
  • Labor
  • Local Government
  • Public Welfare

61st Legislative Session (1959-1960)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 07
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: Frost
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Faribault
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Dad was a lifelong Republican, but the Democrats were his friends." (Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Game and Fish
  • Labor
  • Local Government
  • Public Welfare

60th Legislative Session (1957-1958) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 07
Elected: 11/2/1954
Residence: Frost
Term of Office: 1/4/1955 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Faribault
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Dad was a lifelong Republican, but the Democrats were his friends." (Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Game and Fish
  • Insurance
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Public Health
  • Soldiers Welfare and Soldiers Home

59th Legislative Session (1955-1956)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 07
Elected: 11/2/1954
Residence: Frost
Term of Office: 1/4/1955 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Faribault
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Dad was a lifelong Republican, but the Democrats were his friends." (Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Game and Fish
  • Insurance
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Public Health
  • Soldiers Welfare and Soldiers Home
Articles & Books About
"Ernest J. Anderson, 89 (Obituary)." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992, p. 6.

Anderson, Larry. "Now There Are Only Memories. Goodbye Grandpa." Faribault County Register, February 3, 1992.

Schiavo, Christine. "Long-Time Area Senator Left Legacy of Honesty, Hard Work and Humor (Obituary). Fairmont Sentinel, January 30, 1992.

"Former Agriculture Leader, State Senator Ernest Anderson Dies (Obituary)." Star Tribune, January 29, 1992, p. 4B.

"Ernest J. Anderson." Typewritten Profile, Source Unknown, 1955? and 1957?


Archive Collections
Anderson, Ernest J. 1902 - 1992. Papers, 1957 - 1977 - Available at the Minnesota State University, Mankato; Library Archives and Historical Center's Southern Minnesota Historical Center Manuscript Collection