Collection on Luther Youngdahl
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- 1924 - 1992
- Youngdahl, Luther W. (Person)
Youngdahl was elected Governor of Minnesota on the Republican ticket in 1946, and became known for his progressive approach to humane and moral policies, including welfare services, public health and housing, youth “conservation,” as well as his staunch antigambling and antiliquor stance. He was re-elected twice. However, he resigned toward the middle of his third term (1951) to accept a federal district judgeship under Harry S. Truman’s administration, some speculate to avoid his gubernatorial predecessor’s “Stassen for President” campaign. He is probably best known for his May 2, 1953 ruling in United States v. Lattimore, in which Youngdahl dismissed the indictment, in defiance of widespread anticommunist sentiment, of a professor accused of perjury for having denied being a communist sympathizer. He retired in 1966.
Youngdahl devoted his life to demonstrating his belief in that his, or anyone’s, deep Christian faith was compatible with a career in politics. He was a lifelong exercise enthusiast who, with wife Irene Annet Engdahl and their three children, enjoyed ice-skating, fishing, and hiking as well as intellectual discussions and family sing-alongs at the piano.
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