Forrest H. Anderson

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Forrest H. Anderson
17th Governor of Montana
In office
January 6, 1969 – January 1, 1973
Lieutenant Thomas Lee Judge
Preceded by Tim M. Babcock
Succeeded by Thomas Lee Judge
Attorney General of Montana
In office
January 7, 1957 – January 6, 1969
Governor J. Hugo Aronson
Donald G. Nutter
Tim M. Babcock
Preceded by Arnold Olsen
Succeeded by Robert L. Woodahl
Member of the Montana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1913-01-30)January 30, 1913
Helena, Montana
Died July 20, 1989(1989-07-20) (aged 76)
Helena, Montana
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Margaret Evelyn Samson

Forrest Howard Anderson (January 30, 1913 – July 20, 1989) was an American politician and judge who served as the 17th Governor of Montana from 1969 to 1973.[1] Prior to this, he served as the Attorney General of Montana from 1957 to 1969.


Anderson was born in Helena, Montana.[2] He was graduated from the University of Montana Law School and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America. He married Margaret Evelyn Samson on January 24, 1941, and the couple had three children.


Anderson was a Democrat. He served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1943 to 1945. He was a Lewis and Clark County Attorney from 1945 to 1947. He was also an Associate Justice on the Montana Supreme Court from 1953 to 1957, a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention, and Montana Attorney General from 1957 to 1968.

Elected as Governor of Montana in 1968, Anderson was sworn in on January 6, 1969, and he was in office until January 1, 1973. During his tenure, he combined more than one hundred state agencies into nineteen departments, and authorized the 1972 Constitutional Convention and implemented the new constitution once it was ratified.


In 1989, Anderson, who had been in failing health for years, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home.[3][4] He was cremated and his ashes are interred in Forestvale Cemetery, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana. The Forrest H. Anderson Memorial Bridge which crosses the Missouri River in Craig is named in his honor.[5]


  1. ^ "Former Governors of Montana". Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "Forrest H. Anderson". National Governors Association. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Forrest Anderson, Ex-Governor Of Montana, Kills Himself at 76". The New York Times. Associated Press. July 23, 1989. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Index to Politicians: Anderson, E to F". Political Graveyard. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "Montana bridge dedicated to former governor". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 8, 2007. Retrieved September 27, 2016.

External links

  • Forrest H. Anderson at Find a Grave
  • National Governors Association
  • The Political Graveyard

Legal offices
Preceded by
Arnold Olsen
Attorney General of Montana
Succeeded by
Robert L. Woodahl
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim M. Babcock
Governor of Montana
1969 – 1973
Succeeded by
Thomas Lee Judge
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