1917 – Born on the 28th of June in Fargo, North Dakota U.S.A.
1939 – He graduated in University of Minnesota from which he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
1948 – He received a Ph.D degree in University of Minnesota.
1945 – He became a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota.
– He served as a commissioner of administration under Governor Orville L. Freeman (Governor of Minnesota).
1961 – He won the first of his four 2-year terms as Mayor in Minnesota.
1971 – He became the Professor in the Department of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
– He joined the Board of Directors of the Citizens League, and served as President of the Board.
1980 – He also produced, wrote, and narrated a series of one-hour television documentaries about
former Minnesota Governors.
2005 – On 16th of May he struck his head in a fall, he went into a coma and died later in the day at
Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. His body was donated to the University of
Minnesota for research.