Arne Carlson

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Arne Carlson
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Governor of Minnesota
Former officeholder
In office
January 7, 1991 – January 4, 1999
PartyIndependent Republican
Bachelor'sWilliams College in Massachusetts
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota
Date of birthSeptember 24, 1934
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Arne Carlson (b. September 24, 1934) was the Independent Republican 37th Governor of Minnesota from January 7, 1991 – January 4, 1999.[1]


  • B.A. Williams College in Massachusetts, 1957, History
  • M.D. University of Minnesota[2]


Carlson was married first to Barbabra Duffy, with whom he had three children, the oldest of whom died as an infant in 1966. He then married Joanne Chabot in 1977 and Susan Shepard in 1985. Susan Carlson kept her job when her husband became governor, making the Carlsons the first two-income First Family in Minnesota history. They had one daughter.[2]

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Preceded by
Rudolph Perpich
Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Jesse Ventura