Walter Frederick Mondale (born January 5, 1928) is an American politician and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He was the 42nd Vice President of the United States (1977–1981) under President Jimmy Carter, a two-term United States Senator from Minnesota, and the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1984. Later, during the administration of Democratic President Bill Clinton he served as the United States Ambassador to Japan from 1993-1996.
Walter Frederick ("Fritz") Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota, the son of Theodore Sigvaard Mondale, a judge, and his wife Claribel Hope Cowan, who was an elementary school teacher. According to Mondale's biographer Finlay Lewis, he was given the nickname Fritz because of a perceived childhood resemblance to Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Mondale spent his boyhood in the small towns of southern Minnesota, including Heron Lake and Elmore, the latter of which he claimed as his hometown for the purposes of his campaign biography during the 1980 presidential campaign. He attended public schools. His half-brother Lester Mondale was a Unitarian minister.
Mondale was educated at Macalester College in St. Paul and the University of