Unlikely but true, the Prime Minister of Greece once lived in St. Louis Park.

The son of Greek Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou, Andreas was born on February 5, 1919 in Greece. He attended the American College in Athens and studied law at the University of Athens. A Trotskyite, he was briefly imprisoned, and when freed he fled to the U.S., where he received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1943 and obtained American citizenship in 1944. He served in the Navy and taught at Harvard in 1947.

He taught at the U of M from 1951 (his son George was born in St. Paul in 1952) until he went to Berkeley in 1955. When his father became Prime Minister of Greece in 1963, he gave up his U.S. citizenship and returned to Greece, winning election to the Greek Parliament. His father’s government fell in 1965, and Andreas was again jailed in 1967. He taught in Stockholm and Toronto, and returned to Greece again in 1974. He became Prime Minister in 1981 and resigned in 1989. He became Prime Minister again in 1993 until 1996. He died on June 22, 1996.

At one point in the early 1950’s, Andreas and his family lived at 4123 Brunswick Ave. in St. Louis Park.