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George Latimer was the mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota, the state's capital city, from 1976 until 1990.


Latimer, George was born on June 20, 1935 in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States. Son of William Wilbur and Dorothy Marie (Nasser) Latimer.


Bachelor cum laude, St. Michael College, 1958. Bachelor of Laws, Columbia University, 1963. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Michael College, 1982.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Concordia College, 1989. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Hamline University, 1985. Doctor of Laws (honorary), William Mitchell Law, 1986.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Macalester College, 1990.


Latimer is of Irish and Lebanese ancestry. In 1987, Latimer served as a selection committee member for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. After his mayoral tenure, he served as dean of Hamline University's law school from 1990 to 1993 and as a special adviser to Henry Cisneros, President Bill Clinton's Housing and Urban Development secretary, from 1993 to 1995.

An expert on urban affairs and urban development, Latimer has lectured on those topics as a visiting professor of Urban Studies and Geography at Macalester College in Saint Paul since 1996. From January 1996 to January 1998, Latimer was CEO of the National Equity Fund, which manages approximately 27,000 housing units in 35 cities and provides affordable housing for working people through use of the Low Income Tax Cr. Latimer has now been in the business world for several years, serving since 2001 as a director of Indentix Incorporated (formerly Visionics until a merger with Indentix in 2002).

Latimer served on the Kennedy School of Government Executive Session on Policy at Harvard University and as Regent of the University of Minnesota. He also works part-time as a labor arbitrator. Latimer was one of several people who delivered a eulogy at the public memorial service, held at the University of Minnesota and televised on local stations and C-SPAN, after the death of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone.


  • Bar: Minnesota 1963.


A member of the DFL and a labor lawyer by profession, the bearded Latimer was known for his redevelopment of St. Paul's downtown core, serving as mayor during a period when St. Paul's population was declining somewhat as some residents moved to suburban areas while the city's ethnic diversity increased as, among others, Hmong refugees from Vietnam and Laos resettled in Saint Paul.


Married Nancy Moore, June 20, 1959. Children– Faith, George, Philip, Kate, Tom.

William Wilbur Latimer

Dorothy Marie (Nasser) Latimer

Nancy Moore

Faith Latimer

George Latimer

Philip Latimer

Kate Latimer

Tom Latimer