Richard Erdall

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Richard M. Erdall
40th Mayor of Minneapolis
In office
December 31, 1973 – January 2, 1974
Preceded byCharles Stenvig
Succeeded byAlbert Hofstede
Personal details
Born(1933-01-13)January 13, 1933[1]
Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]
DiedJuly 18, 2018(2018-07-18) (aged 85)[3]
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican

Richard M. Erdall (January 13, 1933 – July 3, 2018) was an American politician. He was the 40th mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, serving for two days, from December 31, 1973 to January 2, 1974. He is the shortest-serving mayor of the city.[1] Before that, he was alderman for the City's 13th Ward and the president of the Minneapolis City Council. In 1965, Erdall was elected to the Minneapolis Park Board. On January 13, 1967 (his 34th birthday), he was appointed 13th Ward alderman to fill the vacancy caused by the election of John W. Johnson to the Minnesota legislature. Erdall was elected to the council in 1967 and reelected in 1969 and 1971. He was elected president of the city council on July 7, 1969, and reelected in 1971. On August 13, 1971, Erdall was ousted as president when a member of his caucus sided with the DFL to elect himself president. On January 28, 1972, Erdall was restored to the presidency, which he held until January 2, 1974. He was defeated for reelection as alderman in November 1973.[4] The opportunity to serve as mayor arose because the incumbent mayor, Charles Stenvig, a former police inspector who had also been defeated for reelection, resigned on his final day in office to become acting Chief of Police.

Erdall was a member of the Republican Party, and the most recent Republican to serve as mayor of Minneapolis or as council president, as of 2018. In 1976, Erdall received the Independent-Republican nomination in the contest to represent Minnesota's 5th Congressional district, which was then represented by seven-term incumbent (and future Minneapolis mayor) Donald M. Fraser. He received less than 26% of the vote, as Fraser was reelected.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Mayors of Minneapolis". Tholt. 2003-10-16. Archived from the original on 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  2. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence (2008-06-16). "Index to Politicians: Engmark to Ericksen". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  3. ^ "Richard M. 'Dick' Erdall". Star Tribune. July 18, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "Alderman Leans to DFL," Fergus Falls Daily Journal, 1973-11-23 at 13.
  5. ^ Our Campaigns: Minnesota's 5th District - Nov. 2, 1976, accessed 2010-11-26.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Stenvig
40th Mayor of Minneapolis
December 31, 1973 - January 2, 1974
Succeeded by
Albert Hofstede