House 1947-50 (District 8)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Trial Lawyer, Gallagher Farrish Law Office
Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis; Secondary; Graduate, 1932
St. Thomas College; B.A.; 1936
University of Minnesota, Law School; LL.B.; 1939
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Minnesota Supreme Court (Secretary to Chief Justice Henry M. Gallagher);
1939 to 1940
U.S. Executive Branch:
United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (World War II, Guarded the Secrets of the Manhattan Project, Special Agent);
1942 to 1945
Minnesota Supreme Court (Associate Justice, Appointed by Governor Elmer L. Andersen, Then Elected);
01/08/1963 to 07/01/1970
Minnesota Supreme Court (Chief Justice, Appointed by Governor Wendell Anderson, Then Elected);
12/18/1973 to 12/18/1981
Jean Brown (married in 1940; she died around 2005)
Five children (Three children, while in office): Michael, Thomas, John, and Daniel (sons); Kathleen "Kathy" J. (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Kathleen J. Sheran
He ran unsuccessfully for Minnesota Lieutenant Governor. "Sheran was a DFLer who had run for lieutenant governor..." (Star Tribune, January 27, 2012)
He served as Interim Dean of Hamline University School of Law in 1993.
He was a national debate champion while at St. Thomas College.
He died in Bloomington, Minnesota. His funeral was held on January 30, 2012 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina, Minnesota. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Mankato, Minnesota.
Religion provided by his obituary.