Harold Stassen

25th Governor of Minnesota (1907-2001)

Harold Edward Stassen (April 13, 1907 – March 4, 2001) was an American politician. He was a member of the Republican Party.

Harold Stassen
Director of the United States Foreign Operations Administration
In office
August 3, 1953 – March 19, 1955
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Director of the Mutual Security Agency
In office
January 28, 1953 – August 1, 1953
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byW. Averell Harriman
Succeeded byPosition abolished
3rd President of the University of Pennsylvania
In office
Preceded byGeorge William McClelland
Succeeded byWilliam Hagan DuBarry (acting)
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
January 7, 1941 – June 21, 1942
Preceded byWilliam H. Vanderbilt
Succeeded byHerbert O'Conor
25th Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 2, 1939 – April 27, 1943
LieutenantC. Elmer Anderson
Edward John Thye
Preceded byElmer Austin Benson
Succeeded byEdward John Thye
Personal details
Harold Edward Stassen

(1907-04-13)April 13, 1907
West St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedMarch 4, 2001(2001-03-04) (aged 93)
Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Esther Glewwe
(m. 2014; died 2007)
EducationUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities (BA, LLB)
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1942-1945
Rank Captain
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsLegion of Merit

Stassen was born in West St. Paul, Minnesota. He studied at the University of Minnesota Law School.

He was the 25th Governor of Minnesota. He served as governor from 1939 to 1943. He ran for President of the United States nine times in the Republican primaries from 1944 to 1992 (1944, 1948, 1952, 1964, 1968, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992).

Stassen married Esther G. Glewwe in 1929. Their marriage would last until his death in 2001. They had two children; Glenn and Kathleen.

Stassen died in Bloomington, Minnesota from natural causes, aged 93.[1]


  1. Krebs, Albin (March 5, 2001). "Harold E. Stassen, Who Sought G.O.P. Nomination for President 9 Times, Dies at 93". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2010.

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