Donald H. Magnuson

Donald Hammer Magnuson ( born March 7, 1911 at Freeman, Spokane County, Washington; † October 5, 1979 in Seattle, Washington ) was an American politician. Between 1953 and 1963 he represented the State of Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Donald Magnuson was born on a farm near Freeman. He attended the common schools and then studied from 1926 to 1928 at the Spokane University. Until 1931 he continued his education at the University of Washington in Seattle continued. He then worked as harvest workers and as workers in an aircraft factory. Between 1934 and 1952 he worked as a reporter for two newspapers in Washington State.

Politically Magnuson was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1952, he was seventh in the newly created constituency of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on January 3, 1953. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1963 five legislative sessions. This period was, among other things, the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1961, the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution in Congress was passed. 1955 Magnuson member of the committee dealing with the Merchant Marine and Fisheries. He was also temporarily a member of the Budget Committee and several subcommittees. From 1959 to 1963 he was a member of the Supervisory Board of Lufwaffenakademie in Colorado Springs.

In the elections of 1962, Magnuson was defeated by Republican William K. Stinson. Between 1963 and 1969 he worked for the interior and then to 1973 for the Ministry of Labour. Then he withdrew into retirement, which he spent in Seattle. There, Donald Magnuson is on October 5, 1979 and passed away.