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Paul Kenneth Peterson, American judge. Represented United States universities European Good Will Mission, 1937; special mission to Iran, Iraq. Egypt, 1954. American-Scandinavian Foundation fellow Uppsala University, Lund University, 1937; voted Outstanding Young Man in Minnesota, 1949; named in 100 Leaders of Tomorrow Time magazine.


Peterson, Paul Kenneth was born on April 13, 1915 in Minneapolis. Son of Karl Emil and Emma Maria (Sellin) Peterson.


Associate of Arts, North Park College, 1934. Bachelor, University Minnesota, 1936. Bachelor of Laws, Minnesota College Law, 1950.

Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College Law, 1959.


Member Minnesota Legislature, 1946, re-elected, 1948, 50, 52. Chairman civil administration committee, serving on judicial, education, general legislation and elections committees. Selected by Minnesota Legislature to serve on Council State Governments.

Chairman Republican Party in, Minnesota, 1949-1953. Member Republican National Committee, 1952-1954. Republican nominee for lieutenant governor Minnesota, 1954.

Mayor Minneapolis, 1957-1961. Republican nominee for United States Senator from, Minnesota, 1960. Regional counsel Lee Higginson Corporation, 1961-1963.

Engaged in practice of law Minneapolis, 1963-1967. Administrative law judge Bureau Hearings and Appeals, Department of Health and Human Services, 1974-1986. Arbitrator United States District Court, Minnesota, since 1986.

Member Federal Civil Defense Advisory Board, 1959-1962. Chairman Minnesota Public Service Commission, 1967-1973. Member Minnesota Corrections Authority, 1973-1974.

President Minnesota Prisoners Aid Society, 1965-1967. Member Minneapolis Board Park Commissioners. Commissioner Metropolitan Airports Commission, 1957-1967.


  • Represented United States universities European Good Will Mission, 1937. Special mission to Iran, Iraq. Egypt, 1954.



Member United States Near East Refugee Commission, 1953-1954. Member United States delegate United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, 1970. Member session Westminister Presbyterian Church, 1976-1980.

Served to lieutenant (senior grade), air combat intelligence United States Navy, World World War II. Retired lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve. Member Amicus Society (board directors 1980-1986), Council State Governments, Interstate Cooperative Commission Minnesota, American Arbitrators Association, Delta Sigma Rho, Delta Theta Phi.


Married Jean A. Erickson, May 1955. Children– Jane, Paula, Carol.

Karl Emil Peterson

Emma Maria (Sellin) Peterson

Jean A. Erickson

Jane Peterson

Paula Peterson

Carol Peterson