Forrest Anderson (Forrest Howard Anderson)

Forrest Anderson

Forrest Anderson (January 30, 1913 – July 20, 1989) was an American politician and judge who served as the 17th governor of Montana from 1969 to 1973. Forrest Anderson was born in Helena, Montana. He was graduated from the University of Montana Law School and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. He married Margaret Evelyn Samson on January 24, 1941, and the couple had three children, Arlee, Newell, and Marge. Anderson was a Democrat. He served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1943 to 1945. He was a Lewis and Clark County Attorney from 1945 to 1947. He was also an Associate Justice on the Montana Supreme Court from 1953 to 1957, a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention, and Montana Attorney General from 1957 to 1968. Elected as Governor of Montana in 1968, Anderson was sworn in on January 6, 1969, and he was in office until January 1, 1973. During his tenure, he combined more than one hundred state agencies into nineteen departments, and authorized the 1972 Constitutional Convention and implemented the new constitution once it was ratified. In 1989, Anderson, who had been in failing health for years, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home. He was cremated and his ashes are interred in Forestvale Cemetery, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana.

Born

  • January, 30, 1913
  • USA
  • Helena, Montana

Died

  • July, 20, 1989
  • USA
  • Helena, Montana

Cause of Death

  • self inflicted gunshot wound

Cemetery

  • Forestvale Cemetery
  • Helena, Montana
  • USA

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