Walter Frederick “Fritz” Mondale (born January 5, 1928) is an American Democratic Party politician who served as the 42nd Vice President of the United States (1977 to 1981) under President Jimmy Carter, and as a United States Senator from Minnesota (1964 to 1976). He was the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in the United States presidential election of 1984 and chose representative Geraldine A. Ferraro of Queens as his running mate. Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1951. He then served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War before earning a law degree in 1956. He married Joan Adams in 1955. Working as a lawyer in Minneapolis, Mondale was elected to the position of attorney general in 1960. He was appointed U.S. Senator in late 1964 as a member of the Democratic Party upon the resignation of Hubert Humphrey, and held that post until 1976. In the Senate, he supported fair housing, tax reform, and the desegregation of schools. He opposed United States involvement in the Vietnam War.
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