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Minnesota: Governors

Governors of Minnesota, 1857-2012 (May be incomplete!)
Henry H. Sibley 1858-60 Alexander Ramsey 1860-63 Henry A. Swift 1863-64 Stephen Miller 1864-66 William R. Marshall 1866-70 Horace Austin 1870-74 Cushman K. Davis 1874-76 John S. Pillsbury 1876-82 Lucius F. Hubbard 1882-87 Andrew Ryan McGill 1887-89 William R. Merriam 1889-93 Knute Nelson 1893-95 David M. Clough 1895-99 John Lind 1899-1901 Samuel R. Van Sant 1901-05 Albert Johnson 1905-09 Adolph O. Eberhart 1909-15 Winfield S. Hammond 1915 J. A. A. Burnquist 1915-21 Jacob A. O. Preus 1921-25 Theodore Christianson 1925-31 Floyd B. Olson 1931-36 Hjalmar Petersen 1936-37 Elmer A. Benson 1937-39 Harold E. Stassen 1939-43 Edward J. Thye 1943-47 Luther W. Youngdahl 1947-51 C. Elmer Anderson 1951-55 Orville L. Freeman 1955-61 Elmer L. Andersen 1961-63 Karl F. Rolvaag 1963-67 Harold LeVander 1967-71 Wendell R. Anderson 1971-76 Rudy Perpich 1976-79 Albert H. Quie 1979-83 Rudy Perpich 1983-91 Arne H. Carlson 1991-99 Jesse Ventura 1999-2003 Tim Pawlenty 2003- Mark Dayton 2011-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1857 Oct 13: Henry H. Sibley (Dem), elected; Alexander Ramsey (Rep), defeated.
  • 1859: Alexander Ramsey (Rep), elected; George L. Becker (Dem), defeated.
  • 1861: Alexander Ramsey (Rep), elected; E. O. Hamblin (Dem), defeated.
  • 1863: Stephen Miller (Rep), elected; Henry T. Welles (Dem), defeated.
  • 1865: William R. Marshall (Rep), elected; Henry M. Rice (Dem), defeated.
  • 1867: William R. Marshall (Rep), elected; Charles E. Flandrau (Dem), defeated.
  • 1869: Horace Austin (Rep), elected; George L. Otis (Dem), defeated; Daniel Cobb (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1870: Abner Lewis (Temperance), defeated.
  • 1871: Horace Austin (Rep), elected; Winthrop Young (Dem), defeated; Samuel Mayall (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1873: Cushman K. Davis (Rep), elected; Ara Barton (Dem), defeated; Samuel Mayall (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1875: John S. Pillsbury (Rep), elected; David L. Buell (Dem), defeated; R. F. Humiston, defeated.
  • 1877: John S. Pillsbury (Rep), elected; William L. Banning (Dem), defeated; William Meigher, defeated.
  • 1879: John S. Pillsbury (Rep), elected; Edmund Rice (Dem), defeated.
  • 1881: Lucius F. Hubbard (Rep), elected; Richard W. Johnson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1883: Lucius F. Hubbard (Rep), elected; Adolph Biermann (Dem), defeated.
  • 1886 Nov 2: Andrew Ryan McGill (Rep), elected; Albert A. Ames (Dem), defeated; James E. Child, defeated.
  • 1888 Nov 6: William R. Merriam (Rep), elected; Eugene M. Wilson (Dem), defeated; Hugh G. Harrison (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1890 Nov 4: William R. Merriam (Rep), elected; Thomas Wilson (Dem), defeated; Sidney M. Owen (Alliance), defeated; James P. Pinkham (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1892 Nov 8: Knute Nelson (Rep), elected; Daniel W. Lawler (Dem), defeated; Ignatius L. Donnelly (People's), defeated; William J. Dean (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1894 Nov 6: Knute Nelson (Rep), elected; Sidney M. Owen (People's), defeated; George L. Becker (Dem), defeated; Hans S. Hilleboe (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1896 Nov 3: David M. Clough (Rep), elected; John Lind (Dem), defeated; William J. Dean (Prohibition), defeated; Albert A. Ames (Ind), defeated; William B. Hammond (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1898 Nov 8: John Lind (Dem & People's), elected; William H. Eustis (Rep), defeated; George W. Higgins (Prohibition), defeated; Lionel C. Long (Midroad Populist), defeated; William B. Hammond (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1900 Nov 6: Samuel R. Van Sant (Rep), elected; John Lind (Dem), defeated; Bernt B. Haugan (Prohibition), defeated; Thomas H. Lucas (Socialist Democratic), defeated; Edward Kriz (Socialist Labor), defeated; Sylvester M. Fairchild (Midroad Populist), defeated.
  • 1902 Nov 4: Samuel R. Van Sant (Rep), elected; Leonard A. Rosing (Dem), defeated; Charles Scanlon (Prohibition), defeated; Thomas J. McIghen (People's), defeated; Thomas Van Lear (Socialist Labor), defeated; Jay E. Nash (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1904 Nov 8: Albert Johnson (Dem), elected; Robert C. Dunn (Rep), defeated; Charles W. Dorsett (Prohibition), defeated; Jay E. Nash (Public Ownership), defeated; A. W. M. Anderson (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1906 Nov 6: Albert Johnson (Dem), elected; Albert L. Cole (Rep), defeated; Charles W. Dorsett (Prohibition), defeated; O. E. Lofthus (Public Ownership), defeated.
  • 1908: Albert Johnson (Dem), elected; Jacob F. Jacobson, defeated.
  • 1909 Sep 20: Albert Johnson, died in office.
  • 1910: James Gray, defeated.
  • 1912 Sep 17: Lewis C. Spooner (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1912 Nov 5: Adolph O. Eberhart (Rep), elected; Peter M. Ringdal (Dem), defeated; Paul V. Collins (Progressive), defeated; E. E. Lobeck (Prohibition), defeated; David Morgan (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1914 Nov 3: Winfield S. Hammond (Dem), elected; William E. Lee (Rep), defeated; W. G. Calderwood (Prohibition), defeated; Tom J. Lewis (Socialist), defeated; Herbert Johnson (Ind), defeated; Hugh T. Halbert (Progressive), defeated.
  • 1915 Dec 30: Winfield S. Hammond, died in office.
  • 1916 Jun 19: Thomas P. Dwyer (Dem), nominated; Cyrus M. King (Dem), defeated in primary; S. D. Works (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1916 Jun 19: J. A. A. Burnquist (Rep), nominated; Samuel G. Iverson (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1916 Jun 19: Thomas J. Anderson (Prohibition), nominated; Charles W. Dorsett (Prohibition), defeated in primary.
  • 1916 Nov 7: J. A. A. Burnquist (Rep), elected; Thomas P. Dwyer (Dem), defeated; J. O. Bentnall (Socialist), defeated; Thomas J. Anderson (Prohibition), defeated; John P. Johnson (Industrial Labor), defeated.
  • 1918: Charles A. Lindbergh, defeated for nomination; David H. Evans (Farmer-Labor), defeated; Fred E. Wheaton (Dem), defeated.
  • 1920: Frank Nelson (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1920: Henrik Shipstead, defeated; Laurence C. Hodgson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1922: Edward Indrehus (Dem), defeated; Magnus Johnson (Farmer-Labor), defeated.
  • 1924: Franklin F. Ellsworth (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Theodore Christianson (Rep), elected; Floyd B. Olson (Farmer-Labor), defeated; Carlos Avery (Dem), defeated; Michael Ferch (Independent Progressive), defeated; Oscar Anderson (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1926: Alfred Jaques (Dem), defeated; Magnus Johnson, defeated.
  • 1928: Andrew Nelson (Dem), defeated; Ernest Lundeen, defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Floyd B. Olson (Farmer-Labor), elected; Ray P. Chase (Rep), defeated; Edward Indrehus (Dem), defeated; Karl Reeve (Communist), defeated.
  • 1932: John E. Regan (Dem), defeated; Earle Brown (Rep), defeated.
  • 1934 Jun 19: Joseph J. Moriarity (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1934 Nov 6: Floyd B. Olson (Farmer-Labor), elected; Martin A. Nelson (Rep), defeated; John E. Regan (Dem), defeated; Arthur C. Townley (Ind), defeated; S. K. Davis (Communist), defeated.
  • 1936 Aug 22: Floyd B. Olson, died in office.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Elmer A. Benson (Farmer-Labor), elected; Martin A. Nelson (Rep), defeated; Earl Stewart (Industrial), defeated.
  • 1938: Elmer A. Benson, defeated; Thomas F. Gallagher (Dem), defeated.
  • 1940: Ed Murphy (Dem), defeated; Hjalmar Petersen, defeated.
  • 1942: John G. Alexander, defeated; John D. Sullivan (Dem), defeated; Hjalmar Petersen, defeated.
  • 1943 Apr 27: Harold E. Stassen, resigned.
  • 1944: Byron G. Allen (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), defeated.
  • 1946 Nov 5: Luther W. Youngdahl (Rep), elected; Harold H. Barker (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), defeated; Rudolph Gustafson (Industrial Government), defeated.
  • 1948: Charles L. Halsted (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), defeated.
  • 1950 Nov 7: Luther W. Youngdahl (Rep), elected; Harry H. Peterson (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), defeated; Vernon G. Campbell (Industrial Government), defeated.
  • 1952: Orville L. Freeman (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), defeated.
  • 1954: C. Elmer Anderson, defeated.
  • 1956: Ancher Nelsen, defeated.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Orville L. Freeman (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), elected; George E. MacKinnon (Rep), defeated; Arne Anderson (Industrial Government), defeated.
  • 1960: Orville L. Freeman (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), defeated.
  • 1962: Elmer L. Andersen, defeated.
  • 1966: Karl F. Rolvaag, defeated.
  • 1970: Douglas M. Head, defeated.
  • 1974 Nov 5: John W. Johnson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1978: Rudy Perpich (Dem), defeated.
  • 1998: Mike Freeman (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), defeated in primary.
  • 1998: Norm Coleman (Rep), defeated; Skip Humphrey (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), defeated.
  • 2002: Tim Pawlenty (Rep), elected; Roger D. Moe (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), defeated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Kari Sachs (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 2006: Tim Pawlenty (Rep), elected.
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