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Albert Rosellini

(1910 – 2011)

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(1910 – 2011)

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This is an obituary dedicated to Albert Rosellini (full name Albert Dean Rosellini) who was the 15th Governor of the state of Washington for two terms from 1957 to 1965 and was the first Italian American, Roman Catholic governor elected west of the Mississippi River. During a political career that spanned 40 years, Albert Rosellini was an activist leader who worked to reform the state's prisons and mental health facilities, expand the state highway system, create the University of Washington Medical School and Dental School, and build the second floating bridge across Lake Washington. At 101, Albert Rosellini was, since March 18, 2011, the longest lived U.S. state governor ever, having reached a lifespan of 101
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years, 56 days on that date. This record was formerly held by Jimmie Davis of Louisiana, who died in 2000 at the age of 101 years, 55 days.
Albert Rosellini was born in Tacoma, Washington, the only son of Italian immigrants. He worked his way through college and law school at the University of Washington. At the age of 29, he was elected to the Washington State Senate as its youngest member, representing the 33rd district in south Seattle, the home of many Italian immigrants. A New Deal Democrat, Rosellini served from 1939 to 1957, eventually rising to the rank of majority leader. He was elected governor in 1956.
As governor, Albert Rosellini coupled personal charm with decades of political know-how,
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developing a reputation for decisiveness and ability to move ahead on long-stalled projects."He got things done," wrote longtime Seattle Times political columnist Don Hannula in 1996. "His legacy is everywhere." In order to promote economic development, Albert Rosellini established a state department of commerce and championed the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. He shepherded construction of the longest floating bridge in the world, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, which was opened in 1963 and carries State Route 520 over Lake Washington from Seattle to Medina. The bridge is named after him. In addition, he was a tireless supporter of higher education, strengthening the state university system and developing
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a system of junior colleges. During his time in office Albert Rosellini also reformed the state budget process and balanced the budget.
In his 1997 biography, Albert Rosellini, Immigrant's Son and Progressive Governor, author Payton Smith wrote: "He was attracted to issues where progress could be made and measured... Budget reform, economic development, transportation, higher education and institutions were the core matters to which he devoted his talent and governmental know-how."
Until his death, "The Gov" still attended fundraisers for candidates and helped raise money for charities, particularly the Washington State Olympics Committee, which he chaired for many years. As the Pacific Northwest has
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flourished, many local academics, media columnists and political veterans have concluded that Albert Rosellini was the state's best governor of modern times. "His record", wrote Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat in 2005, "makes most governors after him look like slackers".
On January 21, 2010, Albert Rosellini celebrated his 100th birthday, becoming one the few U.S. state governors ever to reach the age of 100.
Albert Rosellini died on October 10th, 2011. This is an online tribute dedicated to Albert Rosellini, his life and his political career. May he rest in peace.
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Albert Rosellini

This is an obituary dedicated to Albert Rosellini (full name Albert Dean Rosellini) who was the 15th Governor of the state of Washington for two terms from 1957 to 1965 and was the first Italian American, Roman Catholic governor elected west of the Mississippi River. During a political career that spanned 40 years, Albert Rosellini was an activist leader who worked to reform the state's prisons and mental health facilities, expand the state highway system, create the University of Washington Medical School and Dental School, and build the second floating bridge across Lake Washington. At 101, Albert Rosellini was, since March 18, 2011, the longest lived U.S. state governor ever, having reached a lifespan of 101...

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