1964-1976, U.S. Senator Walter Mondale


This U.S. Senator Walter Mondale history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of Walter Mondale and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Walter Mondale served in the Army during the Korean War and went to law school on the GI Bill.  He served as senator from Minnesota for ten years before being elected vice president in 1977 under Jimmy Carter.  Mondale became the fourth vice president in four years, the other three being Republicans Spiro Agnew, Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller.  He expanded the role of vice president, acting as a presidential adviser, full-time participant and troubleshooter for the administration.  While in the Senate Walter Mondale supported consumer protection, fair housing and the desegregation of schools.  After being defeated for reelection in 1984 by Reagan and Bush, Mondale returned to his private law practice until his 1993 appointment as Ambassador to Japan.  In 2002 Mondale ran once again for the Senate at age 74 but narrowly lost.

The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population.  U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years.  Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures.  This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote.  The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.

Walter Mondale was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as vice president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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