Scott M. Matheson
Scott Milne Matheson Jr. (January 8, 1929 – October 7, 1990) was an American politician who served as the 12th Governor of Utah from 1977 to 1985. He is the most recent Democrat to serve in that position.
|12th Governor of Utah|
January 3, 1977 – January 7, 1985
|Lieutenant||David S. Monson|
|Preceded by||Cal Rampton|
|Succeeded by||Norm Bangerter|
|Chair of the National Governors Association|
August 10, 1982 – August 2, 1983
|Preceded by||Richard Snelling|
|Succeeded by||Jim Thompson|
Scott Milne Matheson, Jr.
January 8, 1929
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||October 7, 1990 (aged 61)|
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
|Children||4 (including Scott and Jim)|
|Education||University of Utah (BA)|
Stanford University (LLB)
Matheson was born on January 8, 1929, in Chicago to Latter-day Saint parents Scott Milne and Adele Adams Matheson. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Utah, settling first in Parowan, before moving to Salt Lake City, when his father became a federal prosecutor.
Matheson graduated from Salt Lake City's East High School in 1946, earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah in 1950, and a law degree from Stanford University in 1952. He operated a private law practice in Iron County, Utah, for five years before taking a position with Union Pacific Railroad in 1958. At the railroad he rose to the position of general counsel before making his 1976 run for governor.
During his term as governor, Matheson was named the defendant in the U.S. Supreme Court case of H. L. v. Matheson, which upheld state law requiring parental consent for a teenage girl to obtain an abortion.
In 1951, he married Norma Louise Warenski, and the couple had four children. One is former U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson. Another son, Scott Matheson Jr., was the 2004 Democratic nominee for Governor of Utah, and was appointed as a federal judge in 2010.
- Fowler, Glenn (October 8, 1990), "Scott Matheson, 61, Ex-Governor And Leading Democrat in Utah", The New York Times: D10
- McCormick, John (1994), "Matheson, Scott M.", in Powell, Allan Kent (ed.), Utah History Encyclopedia, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874804256, OCLC 30473917
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|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for Governor of Utah
John Y. Brown Jr.
| Chair of the Democratic Governors Association
| Governor of Utah
| Chair of the National Governors Association
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