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Van Santen, Peter

House 1961-62 (District 50)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Otter Tail


Date of Birth: 5/27/1913
Birth Place: Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Birth County: Otter Tail
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 3/12/2011
Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Battle Lake
Occupation (when first elected): Dairy Farmer


Folden Township Schools; At Least Elementary School;


Municipal Government: Eagle Lake Township Board, Minnesota (Township Supervisor); 1955 to 1960


Spouse: Ruby Swenson (married on October 10, 1940)
Children: Six children: Kenneth, Mike, Mark, Duane (sons); Renee, Susan (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


Religion provided by the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1961-62.

He moved to Eagle Lake Township in 1938 and farmed with his brother for two years. He and his wife farmed and raised their family on their farm in Eagle Lake. He and his wife were chosen as Otter Tail County farm family of the year in 1991.

His funeral was held at Leaf Mountain Lutheran Church. He is buried at Nidaros Lutheran Church Cemetery, Clitherall, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 735


62nd Legislative Session (1961-1962)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 50
Elected: 11/8/1960
Residence: Battle Lake
Term of Office: 1/3/1961 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Otter Tail
Occupation: Dairy Farmer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
  • Agriculture
  • Cooperatives and Marketing
  • Dairy Products and Livestock
  • Highways
  • Municipal Affairs
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