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Fitzgerald, John Moonan

House 1957-62 (District 21)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Scott

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 1/20/1923
Birth Place: Rochester, Minnesota
Birth County: Olmsted
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 6/16/2008
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): New Prague
Occupation (when first elected): Attorney at Law

EDUCATION

Rochester Schools, Minnesota; Elementary School;
Rochester High School; Secondary; Graduate
Michigan State University; Attended College;
Rochester Junior College; Junior College/Community College; Graduate
University of Minnesota; B.S.L.; 1947
University of Minnesota, Law School; LL.B.; 1948

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Soldiers Home Board; 19?? to 19??
Military: United States Army Air Force (World War II, Fighter Pilot); 1943 to 1945
Municipal Attorney: New Prague, Minnesota (City Attorney); 1950 to 1955
Judge: 1st Judicial District, Minnesota (He was initially appointed by Governor Karl Rolvaag, then elected in 1964); 05/29/1963 to 01/20/1993 [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Mary Alice Mach (married May 5, 1951)
Children: Six children: Maureen Ann, Erin Therese, Brigid Mary, Sheila Kathleen, and Megan Eileen (daughters); John Moonan Jr. (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
John Moonan  - Grandfather

GENERAL NOTES

He was of Irish ancestry.

He moved to New Prague in 1948 when he was 25 years old.

He ran unsuccessfully for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 1962 election. He lost to his opponent, Henry J. Morlock by 14 votes so a recount occurred. After the recount the trial court ruled that Fitzgerald had won by 12 votes. Morlock filed an appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court. After reviewing the contested ballots, Morlock was determined to be the winner by 10 votes.

He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party. ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep.John M. Fitzgerald." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Rotary Club.

Religion provided by a Star Tribune article.

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Map of New Prague
New Prague, MN
Total Days Served: 2191

SESSIONS SERVED

62nd Legislative Session (1961-1962)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 21
Elected: 11/8/1960
Residence: New Prague
Term of Office: 1/3/1961 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party. ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep.John M. Fitzgerald." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Banking
  • Civil Administration
  • Insurance
  • Judiciary
  • Reapportionment

61st Legislative Session (1959-1960)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 21
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: New Prague
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/2/1961
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party. ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep.John M. Fitzgerald." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Dairy Products and Livestock
  • Elections
  • Insurance
  • Judiciary
  • Reapportionment
  • Veterans and Military Affairs

60th Legislative Session (1957-1958)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 21
Elected: 11/6/1956
Residence: New Prague
Term of Office: 1/8/1957 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: Attorney at Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party. ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep.John M. Fitzgerald." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Commerce, Manufacturing and Retail Trade
  • Dairy Products and Livestock
  • Elections
  • Insurance
  • Judiciary
  • Reapportionment
  • Veterans and Military Affairs
Articles & Books By
Fitzgerald, John Moonan and Sheila Fitzgerald. "With a Compass in My Butt: John Moonan Fitzgerald's Life Story." Edina, MN: Lily Pad Publishing, 2007.


Articles & Books About
"Time Bears No Justice, a Veteran Judge Finds as an Unwelcome Retirement Raises Its Gavel ." Star Tribune, January 3, 1993.

"Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep.John M. Fitzgerald." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957.