Early years and political rise
Christianson attended the common schools and the Dawson High School. Then he studied until 1909 at the University of Minnesota, among others, Jura. In the meantime, he worked as a teacher. After his made in 1909 admitted to the bar he worked in Dawson in this profession. Around the same time Christianson went into the newspaper business. Between 1909 and 1925 he was the owner and publisher of the " Dawson Sentinel".
Christianson was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1910 and 1911 he was in the City Council of Dawson and 1915-1925 he was a deputy in the House of Representatives from Minnesota. In November 1924 he was elected as a candidate of his party for the new governor of his state.
Governor and congressman
After he was re-elected in 1926 and 1928 respectively, Christianson could officiate between 6 January 1925 and 6 January 1931 as governor. During his tenure, an administrative reform was initiated in Minnesota. At that time, among others an committee, which dealt with the crime. Government spending has been reduced and the taxes were still not increased. The last year of his reign was overshadowed by the events of the Great Depression, which also Minnesota, and was especially the farmers affected.
Between March 4, 1933 and January 3, 1937 represented Christianson his state in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1936 he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. Senate. He then moved to Chicago, where he occupied a leading place in a trade association. He died in December 1948 in Dawson. Theodore Christianson was married twice and had a total of two children.