Jack B. Olson

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Jack Olson
United States Ambassador to the Bahamas
In office
December 22, 1976 – April 30, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Seymour Weiss
Succeeded by William Bernstein Schwartz Jr.
35th and 37th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 2, 1967 – January 4, 1971
Governor Warren P. Knowles
Preceded by Patrick Lucey
Succeeded by Martin J. Schreiber
In office
January 7, 1963 – January 4, 1965
Governor John W. Reynolds Jr.
Preceded by Warren P. Knowles
Succeeded by Patrick Lucey
Personal details
Born August 29, 1920
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Died July 3, 2003(2003-07-03) (aged 82)
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Political party Republican

Jack B. Olson (August 29, 1920 – July 3, 2003) was an American businessman, politician, and Republican from the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

Early life

Olson was born in Kilbourn (now Wisconsin Dells) in Columbia County, Wisconsin on August 29, 1920, to Jane Zimmerman Olson and Grover Olson. He graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School and attended Western Michigan University. Olson married Eleanor Lang of Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 7, 1942; he graduated from Western Michigan University the same year with a Bachelor of Science degree. Olson enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating and became a PT boat commander, serving in the North Atlantic during World War II. Upon returning home, Olson owned and operated Dells Boat Tours and Amphibious Duck rides, serving as president of his family's boat company. He was active in the tourism industry, promoting Wisconsin Dells as a resort town. He was a president of the Wisconsin Vacationland Council.[1]

Political career

Olson was a Wisconsin delegate to the 1960, 1964, and 1968 National Republican Conventions, and served as state chairman for the presidential campaign of Richard Nixon. During this time he was also the director of the economic development project for the University of Hawaii. Olson served as the 35th and 37th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, from 1963 to 1965 and from 1967 to 1971. He was the director and official representative on the first Trade Mission to Europe and Vice Chairman of Wisconsin's Outdoor Resources Action Program 200 program.[citation needed]

Olson ran unsuccessfully as the Republican nominee for governor of Wisconsin in 1970. Nixon appointed him to the Air Quality Advisory Board; Gerald Ford later appointed him United States Ambassador to the Bahamas (1976–1977) and to the Citizens' Committee on Environmental Quality and the Committee for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Olson won Western Michigan University's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1966.

He died at age 82 on July 3, 2003 at his home in Wisconsin Dells following a long illness.[2]


  1. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 1970, Biographical Sketch of Jack B. Olson, p. 4.
  2. ^ Civic leader, ex-state official Jack Olson dies at 82, Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), July 5, 2003, p. 2A.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Seymour Weiss
United States Ambassador to the Bahamas
December 22, 1976–April 30, 1977
Succeeded by
William Bernstein Schwartz Jr.
Political offices
Preceded by
Warren Knowles
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Patrick Lucey
Preceded by
Patrick Lucey
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Martin Schreiber
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