Walter F. Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the USA

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Walter Frederick Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the USA

Birthplace: Ceylon, Martin County, Minnesota, United States
Death: April 19, 2021 (93)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
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Son of Theodore Sigurd Mondale and Claribel Hope Mondale
Husband of Joan Mondale
Father of Private; Eleanor Jane Poling and Private
Brother of Clarence (Pete) C Mondale and Private
Half brother of Private; Clifford Theodore Mondale; Willard Mondale; Eleanor Irene Archer and Buford Franklin Mondale

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About Walter F. Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the USA

Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale (born January 5, 1928) was 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 for 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 US Army in the Korean War before earning a law degree in 1956. He married Joan Adams in 1955. Working as a lawyer in Minneapolis, Mondale was elected to the position of attorney general in 1960. He was appointed US Senator in late 1964 as a member of the Democratic Party upon the resignation of Hubert Humphrey, and held that post until 1976. In the Senate, he supported open housing, tax reform and the desegregation of schools. He opposed United States involvement in the Vietnam War.

In 1976, Carter, the Democratic presidential nominee, chose Mondale as his vice presidential running mate in the forthcoming election. The Carter/Mondale ticket defeated incumbent president Gerald Ford. 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 Republican Ronald Reagan.

In 1984, Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination and campaigned for a nuclear freeze, the Equal Rights Amendment and a reduction of US public debt. In the election, Mondale was defeated in a landslide by President Reagan, gaining electoral votes from only his home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia.

After the election, Mondale joined the Minnesota-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (1986–93), and was credited with successes in Poland and Hungary. President Bill Clinton appointed Mondale United States Ambassador to Japan in 1993; he retired in 1996. Since then, Mondale has returned to working at Dorsey & Whitney and remains active in the Democratic Party.


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January 5, 1928
Ceylon, Martin County, Minnesota, United States
January 19, 1960
April 19, 2021
Age 93
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States