Monrad C. Wallgren Edit Profile
He attended public schools and business college in Everett, graduating from the Washington State School of Optometry in Spokane, Washington in 1914.
His family moved to Texas in 1894 and then to Everett, Washington in 1901. He worked in retail jewelry and optometry from 1915 to 1932, as well as serving in the Washington National Guard from 1917 to 1919 and 1921 to 1922. He was an outstanding player of three-cushion billiards and balkline and straight rail billiards.
In 1932, Wallgren ran for election to the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat. He defeated incumbent Republican Albert Johnson, and took office in the 73rd United States Congress on March 4, 1933. Near the end of his fourth term in 1940, Wallgren ran for United States Senate to replace fellow Democrat Lewis B. Schwellenbach, who was retiring to accept a judicial nomination.
He took office on December 19, 1940. While Wallgren served portions of two different terms (the end of Schwellenbach's and the one that Wallgren was elected to), he served less than 6 years in the Senate. In 1944, he successfully ran for governor against incumbent Republican Arthur B. Langlie, resigning from the Senate on January 9, 1945 to serve as governor from then until 1949.
He was defeated for re-election as governor by Langlie in 1948, and was nominated by President Harry Truman as the chairman of the National Security Resources Board. That nomination was later withdrawn, and Wallgren served on the Federal Power Commission in 1950 and 1951. He then retired from public service.
In 1961, Wallgren died of complications resulting from a traffic accident.
Member 73d to 76th Congresses (1933-1941), 2d Wash. Member State Retail Jewelers Association (president 1921-1922), American Legion, Forty and Eight.
Married Mabel C. Liberty, September 8, 1914.