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Calvin Lewellyn "Cal" Rampton (November 6, 1913 – September 16, 2007) was the 11th Governor of the state of Utah from 1965 to 1977.

Cal Rampton
Calvin L. Rampton.jpg
11th Governor of Utah
In office
January 4, 1965 – January 3, 1977
LieutenantClyde L. Miller
Preceded byGeorge Clyde
Succeeded byScott Matheson
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
June 2, 1974 – June 8, 1975
Preceded byDaniel J. Evans
Succeeded byRobert D. Ray
Personal details
Calvin Lewellyn Rampton

(1913-11-06)November 6, 1913
Bountiful, Utah, U.S.
DiedSeptember 16, 2007(2007-09-16) (aged 93)
Holladay, Utah, U.S.
Resting placeSalt Lake City Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lucybeth Cardon
EducationUniversity of Utah (BA)
George Washington University (LLB)

Following his graduation from Davis High School in 1931, Rampton took over his family's automobile business, due to his father's death that same year. He sold the business in 1933 and entered the University of Utah, graduating in 1936. Rampton served as Davis County Attorney from 1938-1940, the only other public office he would be elected to until becoming governor in 1965. Rampton married Lucybeth Cardon (1914–2004) on March 10, 1940; they had four children. He also studied at The George Washington University Law School.[1]

The Calvin L. Rampton Complex in Taylorsville, which houses the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Department of Public Safety, was named in his honor. He was the first, and to date, the only governor of Utah to serve three full consecutive terms,[1] and was one of the most popular governors in the state.

In 2007, Rampton died of cancer, aged 93, in Holladay, Utah. Shortly after his death, the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City was also named in his honor.



Party political offices
Preceded by
William Barlocker
Democratic nominee for Governor of Utah
1964, 1968, 1972
Succeeded by
Scott Matheson
Political offices
Preceded by
George Clyde
Governor of Utah
Succeeded by
Scott Matheson
Preceded by
Daniel J. Evans
Chair of the National Governors Association
Succeeded by
Robert D. Ray