Walter Mondale

Forty-second Vice President of the United States
Born Jan 5, 1928

Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale is an American Democratic Party politician who served as the 42nd Vice President of the United States (1977–1981) under President Jimmy Carter, and as a United States Senator from Minnesota (1964–1976). He was the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in the United States presidential election of 1984. Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1951. He then served in the U.S.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Walter Mondale.


1928 Birth Born on January 5, 1928.


1951 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota, and graduated from Macalester College in 1951. … Read More
1955 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He married Joan Adams in 1955.
1956 28 Years Old Through the support of the G.I. Bill he graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1956. … Read More


Working as a lawyer in Minneapolis, Mondale was appointed to the position of attorney general in 1960 by Governor Orville Freeman and was elected to a full term as attorney general in 1962 with 60% of votes cast. … Read More
1961 - 1962 2 More Events
At the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Mondale played a major role in the proposed but ultimately unsuccessful compromise by which the national Democratic Party offered the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party two at-large seats.
1966 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Mondale was subsequently elected to a full Senate term in 1966 and again in 1972, resigning that post in 1976 as he prepared to succeed to the vice presidency in 1977. … Read More


1969 - 1974 3 More Events
1975 47 Years Old In 1975, Mondale served on the Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, chaired by Idaho Senator Frank Church, that investigated alleged abuses by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In 1976, Carter, the Democratic presidential nominee, chose Mondale as his vice presidential running mate in the forthcoming election. … Read More
1977 49 Years Old …  This Senate seat was the one that Mondale himself had held, before resigning to become Vice President in 1977. … Read More


Carter and Mondale's time in office was marred by a worsening economy and, although both were renominated by the Democratic Party, they lost the 1980 election to Republicans Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
…  He was the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in the United States presidential election of 1984, but lost to Ronald Reagan in a landslide. … Read More
1986 58 Years Old …  From 1986 to 1993, Mondale was chairman of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.


1990 62 Years Old …  In 1990 Mondale established the Mondale Policy Forum at the Humphrey Institute. … Read More
1993 65 Years Old 1 More Event
President Bill Clinton appointed Mondale United States Ambassador to Japan in 1993; he retired in 1996.
2002 74 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, Mondale ran for his old Senate seat, agreeing to be the last-minute replacement for Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone, who had been killed in a plane crash during the final two weeks of his re-election campaign. … Read More
2004 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004 Mondale became co-chairman of the Constitution Project's bipartisan Right to Counsel Committee.
2005 - 2008 3 More Events
2012 84 Years Old On September 8, 2012, Carter surpassed Herbert Hoover as the President with the longest retirement from the office.
2014 86 Years Old On April 23, 2014, Mondale surpassed Richard Nixon as the Vice-President with the longest retirement from that office at 12,146 days (33 years, 3 months and 3 days).
2015 87 Years Old Mondale was hospitalized with influenza at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, in March 2015. … Read More
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