Monday, October 10, 2011

Governor Rosellini dead at 101

Albert D. Rosellini, 15th Governor of the State of Washington and longtime Madison Park resident, died today, according to the Associated Press.  The Seattle Times reported the cause as complications of pneumonia.

Son of Italian immigrants, Rosellini, a Democrat, was elected Governor in 1956, re-elected in 1960, and defeated in 1964 by Republican Daniel Evans.  He made further tries for elective office, as King County Executive in 1969 and for Governor again in 1972, before retiring from politics.  He then worked as a lawyer, consultant, and beer distributor.  The Governor lived, until just a few years ago, in a house on 43rd Avenue E., north of E. Madison Street.  His wife, Ethel, died in 2002.

An excellent review of his life can be found at  With Rosellini's death, there are six current and former Governors of the State living, the oldest of which is Daniel Evans, born in 1925.

[Photo courtesy of the University of Washington.]

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