Dayton to be oldest ever to assume office of Minnesota governor

It hardly seems possible, but Mark Dayton will be the oldest person ever to assume the Minnesota governor’s job when he’s sworn in next month.

Dayton will be 63. The Strib quotes research from the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library showing that he, indeed, will be the oldest man — and they’ve all been men — to take the oath.

Until now, the oldest had been Samuel R. Van Sant, who was 56 in 1901. Harold Stassen was the youngest, 31, when first taking office in 1939.

Even re-elected governors have been younger when starting new terms. In modern times, Rudy Perpich was 58 when he was elected for a third time in 1986,and Arne Carlson was 60 when he was re-elected in 1994, the paper said.

See the online list of ages here.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Robbie LaFleur on 12/09/2010 - 03:47 pm.

    Here’s the Legislative Reference Library’s updated list, Age of Minnesota Governors on Their First Day in Office.

    And a bonus? Here’s another list from the Library’s governor notebook, Gubernatorial Trivia.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/09/2010 - 06:26 pm.

    And when was the last time the governor was a single man?

    Who’s going to play the role of First Lady?

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