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Walter Mondale

42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale

Full Name: Walter Frederick Mondale
Profession: 42nd Vice President of the United States

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Walter "Fritz" Mondale began his political career as a Senator from Minnesota in 1964, serving two terms, then as Vice President to Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. He was the Democratic Party's 1984 Presidential nominee, and notably selected Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, the first woman in that role for a major party in the US. He later served as US Ambassador to Japan.

Prior to his political career, Mondale served in the United States Army during the Korean War; returning home to earn a law degree in 1956.

Born: January 5, 1928
Birthplace: Ceylon, Minnesota, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: April 19, 2021 (aged 93)

Historical Events

  • 1976-07-14 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter for president and US Senator Walter Mondale, from Minnesota, for vice president
  • 1976-10-15 1st debate of major-ticket US Vice President nominees, Walter Mondale (D) vs Bob Dole (R)
  • 1976-11-02 Democrat candidate Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford; Walter Mondale elected vice president
  • 1978-06-29 US Vice President Walter Mondale begins trip to Middle East
  • 1980-08-14 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter for president and Walter Mondale for vice president
  • 1984-07-12 Geraldine Ferraro becomes the 1st US female major-party vice-presidential candidate, after Walter Mondale selects her as his Democratic Party running mate
  • 1984-07-18 Walter Mondale wins the Democratic Party presidential nomination in San Francisco
  • 1984-07-19 Geraldine Ferraro (US Representative, New York), becomes the 1st US female major-party vice-presidential nominee, officially joining Walter Mondale's Democratic Party ticket
  • 1984-11-06 Incumbent Republican President Ronald Reagan re-elected President of the United States in a landslide; wins 49 states, and defeats Democrat Walter Mondale

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