Donald O. Wright

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Donald Orr Wright Sr. (born November 18, 1892 in Minneapolis , Minnesota , †  July 24, 1985 in St. Louis Park , Minnesota) was an American politician . In 1954 and 1955 he was acting lieutenant governor of the state of Minnesota.


Donald Wright first attended the University of Minnesota . After studying law at the Northwestern College of Law in Minneapolis and being admitted to the bar, he began working in this profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career as a member of the Republican Party . From 1924 to 1926 he was a member of the state executive of his party; in June 1940 he took part as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia . Between 1927 and 1934 he was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives , and from 1935 to 1970 he was a member of the State Senate . He sat on several committees in both chambers. In 1954, he was President Pro Tempore and Executive Chairman of the Senate.

After the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Ancher Nelsen , the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate, Donald Wright, became acting Vice Governor according to the state constitution . He held this office in 1954 and 1955. He was deputy to Governor C. Elmer Anderson and official chairman of the State Senate. After serving as lieutenant governor, he continued to serve as a senator until 1970. Donald Wright is one of the longest serving Senators in the history of the Minnesota Senate. He died on June 24, 1985 in St. Louis Park.

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