Ancher Nelsen (October 11, 1904 – November 30, 1992), was an American politician who served as the 34th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Minnesota and an eight-term congressman.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Minnesota's 2nd district
January 3, 1959 – December 31, 1974
|Preceded by||Joseph P. O'Hara|
|Succeeded by||Tom Hagedorn|
|34th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota|
January 5, 1953 – May 1, 1953
|Governor||C. Elmer Anderson|
|Preceded by||C. Elmer Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Donald O. Wright|
|Member of the Minnesota Senate|
|Born||October 11, 1904|
Buffalo Lake, Minnesota
|Died||November 30, 1992 (aged 88)|
|Spouse(s)||Ilo Zimmerman (1929), Elvern Krasean|
He was born near Buffalo Lake, Minnesota to Danish parents. Nelsen attended elementary school in Brownton, Minnesota, and graduated from Brownton High School in 1923. In 1924 he began operation of his 280-acre diversified farm at Hutchinson, McLeod County. In 1929 he married Ilo Zimmerman of Brownton; they had three children.
He was a member of the Minnesota Senate, 1935–1949; delegate to the 1948 Republican National Convention and 1952 Republican National Convention. He was elected the 34th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota in 1952. He served less than one year (January 5, 1953- May 1, 1953). He resigned to become administrator of the Rural Electrification Administration Program, in Washington, D.C., 1953–1956; He was elected as a Republican to the US House of Representatives in 1958 and served in Congress; from January 3, 1959 to December 31, 1974 in the 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st, 92nd, and 93rd congresses.
C. Elmer Anderson
| Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Donald O. Wright
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Joseph P. O'Hara
| U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district