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Carlson, William E. "Bill"

House 1947-52 (District 41)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/30/1912
Birth Place: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Birth County: Ramsey
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 3/13/1999
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Bill
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): Former College Teacher, English Literature, College of St. Thomas

EDUCATION

Harvard University; Attended College; 2 Months, Communications Course, 1943
St. Thomas College; College Graduate;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Military: United States Navy (World War II, Aircraft Carrier Ship, Naval Communications Officer); 194? to 19??
County Board/Commissioner: Ramsey County, Minnesota (County Commissioner); 1957 to 1962 [Elected]
Municipal Council/Aldermen: St. Paul, Minnesota (City Council Member and Public Safety Commissioner); 1966 to 1971 [Elected]
County Government: Ramsey County, Minnesota (County Assessor); 1971 to 1977

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Virginia
Children: Seven children: Mary, Claire, Jane, and Lucy (daughters); Bill, Steven, and Michael (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He "was considered a liberal Democrat." (St. Paul Pioneer Press Obituary, March 14, 1999)

He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party candidate for the United States Senate in the 1952 election. He lost to Edward Thye.

He died from a heart attack at his home.

Religion provided by Don Boxmeyer's obituary in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 16, 1999.

Total Days Served: 2191

SESSIONS SERVED

57th Legislative Session (1951-1952)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 41
Elected: 11/7/1950
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/2/1951 to 1/5/1953
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Special Representative, Co-operative Insurance Companies
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: He "was considered a liberal Democrat." (St. Paul Pioneer Press Obituary, March 14, 1999)
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Banking
  • Civil Administration
  • Insurance
  • Motor Vehicles

56th Legislative Session (1949-1950)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 41
Elected: 11/2/1948
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/4/1949 to 1/1/1951
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Special Representative, Co-operative Insurance Companies
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: He "was considered a liberal Democrat." (St. Paul Pioneer Press Obituary, March 14, 1999)
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Banking
  • Civil Administration
  • Cooperatives
  • Employees Compensation

55th Legislative Session (1947-1948)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 41
Elected: 11/5/1946
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/7/1947 to 1/3/1949
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Former College Teacher, English Literature, College of St. Thomas
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: He "was considered a liberal Democrat." (St. Paul Pioneer Press Obituary, March 14, 1999)
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Engrossment and Enrollment
  • Highways
  • Insurance
Articles & Books About
"Former State Legislator William E. Carlson Dies (Obituary)." Star Tribune, March 16, 1999.

Boxmeyer, Don. "Politics as Unusual: Bill Carlson was Colorful St. Paul Pol (Obituary)." St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 16, 1999, p. 1B, 6B.

Ngo, Nancy. "William Carlson, Former City, State Politician, Dead at 86 (Obituary)." St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 14, 1999.