Rolvaag, Karl F., 1913-1990

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Rolvaag was born in 1913 in Northfield, Minn., the son of author Ole E. Rolvaag. He was chairman of the state Democratic Farmer Labor Party (1950-1954), Minnesota lieutenant governor (1955-1962), Minnesota governor (1963-1967), U.S. ambassador to Iceland (1967-1969).

From the description of Oral history interview with Karl F. Rolvaag, December 1978. (Minnesota Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 45441444

Karl Fritjof Rolvaag was born July 18, 1913, in Northfield, Minnesota, to Ole Edvart and Jennie (Berdahl) Rolvaag. After serving in World War II, he returned to Minnesota. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in districts 1 (1946) and 5 (1952). He was chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party from 1950 to 1954. In 1954 he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, serving in that capacity until 1962. In that year, he was elected Governor over incumbent Elmer L. Andersen by a margin of less than 100 votes after a protracted recount process. In 1966 he was denied endorsement for re-election, entered and won the DFL primary over endorsee Lieutenant Governor A. M. (Sandy) Keith, and lost in the general election to Harold LeVander. He was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Iceland by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967, serving through March 27, 1969. In 1972 he was elected to the Minnesota Public Service Commission. Rolvaag was married to Florence Boedeker; they divorced in January 1981. In 1982, he married Marian Rankin MacKenzie.

From the guide to the Karl F Rolvaag papers., 1921-1984 (bulk 1946-1969)., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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creatorOf Peter, Grace Bakke, 1906-. Grace Bakke Peter papers, 1962-1965. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Gerald W. Heaney papers., 1910-2006 (bulk 1946-2006). Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Franey, Edward Marx, 1899-1988. Edward Marx Franey papers, 1940-1986 (bulk 1950-1970). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Tom Downs papers, 1947-2007 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Gubernatorial campaign files., 1966-1990 (bulk 1966). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Downs, Tom, 1916-. Tom Downs papers, 1947-1965 and 1995. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Berdahl, James Othelius, b. 1881,. Berdahl family genealogy and history, 1750-1973. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Rolvaag, Karl F., 1913-1990. Karl F. Rolvaag papers, 1921-1984 (bulk 1946-1969). Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Records., 1874-1999 (bulk 1979-1989). Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). Legislation files, 1963-1965. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Louis Lerman papers, 1917-1978 (bulk 1955-1974). Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Rolvaag, Karl F.,. Oral history interview with Karl F. Rolvaag, December 1978. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Reierson, Arthur O., 1905-1965. Arthur O. Reierson papers, 1917, 1934-1965. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). Files of Michael C. O'Donnell, 1963-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Advertising scrapbooks and films., 1903-1982 (bulk 1920-1960). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). State department files, 1964-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Yetka, Lawrence R., 1924-. Lawrence Yetka papers, 1921, 1950-1970, 1993. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Stinnett, Ronald F. Memorandum regarding prospects for Rolvaag victory in recount, [1963]. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Heaney, Gerald W. (Gerald William), 1918-. Gerald W. Heaney papers, 1910-2006 (bulk 1946-2006). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Lerman, Louis Edward, 1894-. Louis E. Lerman papers, 1917-1978 (bulk 1955-1974). Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Karl F Rolvaag papers., 1921-1984 (bulk 1946-1969). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Sweet, John S. A comparison of the popularity of governors Freeman, Andersen, Rolvaag, and LeVander during their first terms / prepared by John S. Sweet. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn LeVander, Harold, 1910-1992. Harold LeVander papers, 1928-1992 (bulk 1966). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn St. Croix River Association records., 1917-1988. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Birks, Jane. Jane Birks papers, ca. 1960-1999. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Minnesota. Public Service Commission. Chairman's letters sent, 1973 Jan. 26-1977 Dec. 19. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Arc Greater Twin Cities (Organization). Arc records, 1946-2007. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Pillsbury, John Sargent, 1912-. Gubernatorial campaign files, 1966-1990 (bulk 1966). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). Records, 1963-1965. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). Schedule files, 1963-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Minnesota. Bipartisan Reapportionment Commission. Records, 1953-1966 (bulk 1964-1966). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). Speeches, 1963-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). Appointments files, 1963-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Democratic Farmer Labor Party. 2d District. Committee records, 1948-1970 (bulk 1956-1964). Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). Assistance and friendly correspondence, 1963-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Minnesota. Election Division. Miscellaneous election materials, 1896, 1923-1996. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). State and general files, 1963. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf State Capitol Employees Union Local 597 (Saint Paul, Minn.). Local 597 records, 1960-1966. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). Pardon Board documents, 1963-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Stinnett, Ronald F. Ronald F. Stinnett memorandum regarding Karl F. Rolvaag victory in recount, 1962-1963. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). Miscellaneous records, 1954-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Dunn, Roy E., 1886-1985. Roy E. Dunn papers, 1927-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Rose, Arnold Marshall, 1918-1968. Arnold M. Rose papers, 1951-1966. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn John Shirley Wood Papers, 1917-1967 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Arc records., 1946-2007. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Harold LeVander papers., 1910-2001 (bulk 1966). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag). General files, 1963-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Edward Marx Franey papers., 1940-1986 (bulk 1950-1970). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Governor's Residence Council (Minn.). Records, 1874-1999 (bulk 1979-1989). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Grace Bakke Peter papers., 1962-1965. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Lovely, Clinton W., 1894-. Clinton W. Lovely papers, 1920-1967. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Mac Martin Advertising Agency. Client scrapbooks and films, 1905-1982 (bulk 1920-1960). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
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associatedWith Andersen, Elmer L., 1909-2004. person
associatedWith Andresen, August H. (August Herman), b. 1890. person
associatedWith Arc Greater Twin Cities. corporateBody
associatedWith Arc Greater Twin Cities (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Berdahl, James Othelius, b. 1881, person
associatedWith Birks, Jane. person
associatedWith Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Democratic Farmer Labor Party. 2d District. corporateBody
associatedWith Democratic National Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Downs, Tom, 1916- person
associatedWith Dunn, Roy E., 1886-1985. person
associatedWith Farmer-Labor Party (Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Franey, Edward Marx, 1899-1988. person
associatedWith Fraser, Donald M., 1924- person
associatedWith Freeman, Orville L. person
associatedWith Freeman, Orville L. person
associatedWith Governor's Residence Council (Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Haidet, Mark, person
associatedWith Heaney, Gerald W. (Gerald William), 1918-. person
associatedWith Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978. person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973. person
associatedWith Keith, Alexander McDonald, 1928- person
associatedWith Keith, A. M., 1928- person
associatedWith Lerman, Louis Edward, 1894- person
associatedWith LeVander, Harold, 1910-1992. person
associatedWith Lovely, Clinton W., 1894- person
associatedWith Mac Martin Advertising Agency. corporateBody
associatedWith Mac Martin Advertising Agency (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Manfred, Frederick Feikema, 1912-1994. person
associatedWith Minnesota. Bipartisan Reapportionment Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Election Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Governor (1963-1967 : Rolvaag) corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Public Service Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Women for Rolvaag. corporateBody
associatedWith Mondale, Walter F., 1928- person
associatedWith Peter, Grace Bakke, 1906- person
associatedWith Pillsbury, John Sargent, 1912- person
associatedWith Reierson, Arthur O., 1905-1965. person
associatedWith Rose, Arnold Marshall, 1918-1968. person
associatedWith State Capitol Employees Union Local 597 (Saint Paul, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith St. Croix River Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Stinnett, Ronald F. person
associatedWith Sweet, John S. person
associatedWith Wood, John Shirley, 1888-1966 person
associatedWith Yetka, Lawrence R., 1924- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Minnesota
Minnesota
United States
Minnesota
Iceland.
Iceland
United States
Subject
Political Campaigns
World War, 1939-1945
Taconite
Women--Political activity
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Governors--Election
Taconite--Minnesota
Governors--Minnesota--Election
Women--Political activity--Minnesota
Norwegian Americans--Minnesota
Political campaigns--Minnesota
Norwegian Americans
Diplomatic and consular service, American--Iceland
Occupation
Ambassadors--United States
Governors--Minnesota
Politicians--Minnesota
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Birth 1913-07-18

Death 1990-12-20

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