Ancher Nelsen

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.

Ancher Nelsen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1959 – December 31, 1974
Preceded byJoseph P. O'Hara
Succeeded byTom Hagedorn
34th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 5, 1953 – May 1, 1953
GovernorC. Elmer Anderson
Preceded byC. Elmer Anderson
Succeeded byDonald O. Wright
Member of the Minnesota Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1904-10-11)October 11, 1904
Buffalo Lake, Minnesota
DiedNovember 30, 1992(1992-11-30) (aged 88)
Hutchinson, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ilo Zimmerman (1929), Elvern Krasean
Professionfarmer, politician


Nelsen was born October 11, 1904, near Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, to Danish parents. He 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, Minnesota. In 1929 he married Ilo Zimmerman of Brownton; they had three children.[1]

He was a member of the Minnesota Senate, 1935–1949, and a delegate to the 1948 and 1952 Republican National Conventions. In 1952, he was elected the 34th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, but served less than one year (January 5-May 1, 1953). He resigned to become administrator of the Rural Electrification Administration Program, in Washington, D.C., serving in that post from 1953 to 1956.

Nelsen was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1958 and served in the 86th through the 93rd Congresses, from January 3, 1959, to his resignation December 31, 1974, three days before his final term expired. He did not seek renomination in 1974.

He died in Hutchinson, Minnesota, November 30, 1992, at age 88.


  • United States Congress. "Ancher Nelsen (id: N000028)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Minnesota Historical Society biography
  • Minnesota Legislators Past and Present

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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district
Succeeded by