By Elmer L. Andersen
Biography/Regional The loved former governor's own tale of a existence in carrier and of overcome adversity. Elmer L. Andersen has been defined as Minnesota's top citizen. a pace-setter in lots of fields, he equipped a small adhesives corporation, H. B. Fuller corporation, right into a global chief, and created a publishing empire from one weekly newspaper. As a Minnesota kingdom senator, he pioneered revolutionary legislative measures within the components of civil rights, particular schooling and welfare, psychological wellbeing and fitness care, and metropolitan governance. His years as Minnesota's governor within the early Sixties have been marked via his position within the founding of Southwest country college and several other nation parks; the latter, as well as the $64000 half he later performed within the construction of Voyageurs nationwide Park, received him a name as one of many region's top environmentalists. In A Man's achieve, Governor Andersen recounts his years of provider with a willing truthfulness, but in addition with the beneficiant spirit that has guided his lifestyles and occupation. For the 1st time he tells the tale of his 1962 political defeat as he ran for his moment time period as governor in a contentious race by means of a four-month-long vote recount, essentially the most memorable and heartbreaking elections in Minnesota's historical past. the following, additionally, is a real insider's account of President Kennedy's masterful dealing with of the Cuban Missile drawback, the tale of the way Charles Lindbergh taught him to fly, in addition to candid reminiscences of fellow Republicans Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Nelson Rockefeller, and Harold Stassen, and political rival Hubert Humphrey. Now in his ninety-first yr, the previous governor maintains to encourage via this tale of a guy who was once an impoverished teenage orphan yet turned one of many prime lighting fixtures in company, politics, and public provider in his country. informed with humor and humility, A Man's achieve is bound to inspire an individual who ever puzzled if one individual could make a distinction. Governor Elmer L. Andersen is certainly one of Minnesota's top political, enterprise, and cultural figures. He lives in Arden Hills, Minnesota. Lori Sturdevant is a piece of writing author for the Minneapolis superstar Tribune. Translation Inquiries: college of Minnesota Press
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I had heard that it was the most important building in town, and that made me want to see it right away. I must say, I was impressed. Then I went to Minneapolis, to call on the Minneapolis School Supply Company. My next stop was Fargo, then on to Montana. I landed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on the Fourth of July. I went to a rodeo, the main attraction in Cheyenne’s annual Frontier Days celebration. When I returned from the rodeo to my hotel room, a telegram was waiting for me. It was from E. H. Sheldon.
I’m two years older,” I reported to Mr. Sheldon. “I’ve had two years of sales experience. I’ve had two years of college. ” He was right. I was nineteen. But I had worked in his factory for three years. I had two years of nearly full-time sales experience, selling real estate and insurance. I had advanced my education. For more than three years, I had largely supported myself and helped to support my sister. I did not need to relate all of that to Mr. Sheldon. He was familiar with the Andersen family story.
I was a little bit of a singer—enough so that the pastor once called on me for a solo when I came back for a visit after moving to Minnesota. “We’re so glad to see our friend Elmer Andersen in church this morning, and I wonder if he wouldn’t take a few minutes to ﬁnd one of the hymns that he would sing for us,” the pastor said. That was all the warning I had. I scrambled through the hymnal and found something suitable. It might have been the old evangelistic tune “Brighten the Corner Where You Are,” for I have always been partial to it.