Walter Mondale

42nd Vice President of the United States

Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale (born January 5, 1928) is an American politician who was the forty-second Vice President of the United States (1977–1981) under President Jimmy Carter.[1] He was a two-term United States Senator from Minnesota. Mondale was the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1984. His vice presidential nominee, Geraldine Ferraro, was the first woman to be nominated. He only got a majority of votes in Minnesota and the District of Columbia, and lost to Ronald Reagan in the other 49 states.

Walter Mondale
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42nd Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byNelson Rockefeller
Succeeded byGeorge H. W. Bush
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
December 30, 1964 – December 30, 1976
Preceded byHubert Humphrey
Succeeded byWendell Anderson
24th United States Ambassador to Japan
In office
September 21, 1993 – December 15, 1996
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byMichael Armacost
Succeeded byTom Foley
23rd Attorney General of Minnesota
In office
GovernorOrville Freeman
Elmer L. Andersen
Karl Rolvaag
Preceded byMiles W. Lord
Succeeded byRobert W. Mattson, Sr.
Personal details
Walter Frederick Mondale

(1928-01-05) January 5, 1928 (age 93)
Ceylon, Minnesota, United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Joan Adams
(m. 1955-2014; her death)
RelationsLester Mondale
(half-brother, deceased)
Eleanor (deceased)
Alma materMacalester College and University of Minnesota
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1951–1953
UnitFort Knox

Mondale was the first Vice President to have an office. He made the role of Vice President more important than it once was, by having weekly meetings with President Carter.

During the Bill Clinton presidency, he was the Ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996.

Mondale was hospitalized with influenza at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, in March 2015.[2]


  1. "U.S. Senate: Walter F. Mondale, 42nd Vice President (1977-1981)".
  2. CNN, Ralph Ellis, Faith Karimi and Deborah Doft. "Former VP Walter Mondale released from hospital". CNN.

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