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Walter Mondale
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42nd Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Nelson Rockefeller
Succeeded by George H. W. Bush
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
December 30, 1964 – December 30, 1976
Preceded by Hubert Humphrey
Succeeded by Wendell Anderson
24th United States Ambassador to Japan
In office
September 21, 1993 – December 15, 1996
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Michael Armacost
Succeeded by Tom Foley
23rd Attorney General of Minnesota
In office
Governor Orville Freeman
Elmer L. Andersen
Karl Rolvaag
Preceded by Miles W. Lord
Succeeded by Robert W. Mattson, Sr.
Personal details
Walter Frederick Mondale

(1928-01-05)January 5, 1928
Ceylon, Minnesota, U.S.
Died April 19, 2021(2021-04-19) (aged 93)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Joan Adams
(m. 1955-2014; her death)
Relations Lester Mondale
(half-brother, deceased)
Children Theodore
Eleanor (deceased)
Alma mater Macalester College and University of Minnesota
Military service
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service 1951–1953
Rank Corporal
Unit Fort Knox

Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale (January 5, 1928 – April 19, 2021) was an American politician who was the forty-second Vice President of the United States (1977–1981) under President Jimmy Carter. He was a two-term United States Senator from Minnesota. Mondale was the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1984. His vice presidential nominee, Geraldine Ferraro, was the first woman to be nominated. He only got a majority of votes in Minnesota and the District of Columbia, and lost to Ronald Reagan in the other 49 states.

Mondale was the first Vice President to have an office. He made the role of Vice President more important than it once was, by having weekly meetings with President Carter.

During the Bill Clinton presidency, he was the Ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996.

Mondale was hospitalized with influenza at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, in March 2015.

Mondale died on April 19, 2021, in his Minneapolis home at age 93.

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