1894 Election Cycle

Republican Governor Knute Nelson easily won reelection as did fellow incumbents Lieutenant Governor David Clough, Attorney General Henry Childs, and Associate Supreme Court Justice Loren Collins. GOP nominees for Chief Justice (Charles Start), Secretary of State (Albert Berg), Treasurer (August Koerner), Auditor (Robert Dunn), and Clerk of the Supreme Court (Darius Reese) completed the party’s sweep with Dunn knocking Democrat Adolph Biermann out of office.

Republicans flipped three U.S. House seats en route to winning all seven districts – unseating Democrats Osee Hall and Melvin Baldwin and Haldor Boen of the People’s Party.

Republicans also gained more than 20 seats in each state legislative chamber. In the Senate the GOP entered the 29th Legislature with 46 seats compared to five for the Populists and just three for the Democrats. Republicans held 95 seats in the House with 10 for the Democrats and nine for the Populists.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/1894 State House, District 53 General Daniel M. (D.M.) Gunn (Republican) won with 3,225 votes (56.17%) and a winning margin of +34.04
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Daniel M. (D.M.) Gunn Man Republican 3,225 56.17
J.A. Bowman Man Democrat 1,271 22.14
W.H. Skemp Man People's 1,064 18.53
Eugene A. Arnold Man Independent 181 3.15

Arnold was a resident of La Prairie and Itasca County Judge of Probate.

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11/06/1894 State House, District 52 General Peder M. (P.M.) Henricks (People's) won with 1,437 votes (39.40%) and a winning margin of +6.14
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Peder M. (P.M.) Henricks Man People's 1,437 39.40
John E. Ostrom Man Democrat 1,213 33.26
John R. Scott Man Republican 997 27.34
11/06/1894 State House, District 51 General John D. Knuteson (People's) won with 4,875 votes (21.57%) and a winning margin of +9.94
N.L. Nelson (People's) won with 4,430 votes (19.60%) and a winning margin of +7.97
Sverre J. (S.J.) Lee (People's) won with 4,398 votes (19.46%) and a winning margin of +7.83
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
John D. Knuteson Incumbent Man People's 4,875 21.57
N.L. Nelson Man People's 4,430 19.60
Sverre J. (S.J.) Lee Man People's 4,398 19.46
Paul S. Ware Man Republican 2,629 11.63
John Wright Man Republican 2,231 9.87
John J. Rue Man Republican 2,075 9.18
Christian Madson Man Democrat 933 4.13
Garrett L. Thorpe Man Democrat 871 3.85
Charles Robecke Man Democrat 158 0.70
11/06/1894 State House, District 50 General Wallace Barton (W.B.) Douglas (Republican) won with 2,817 votes (18.51%) and a winning margin of +4.42
Denis F. (D.F.) McGrath (Republican) won with 2,332 votes (15.33%) and a winning margin of +1.23
E.J. Moore (People's) won with 2,220 votes (14.59%) and a winning margin of +0.49
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Wallace Barton (W.B.) Douglas Man Republican 2,817 18.51
Denis F. (D.F.) McGrath Man Republican 2,332 15.33
E.J. Moore Incumbent Man People's 2,220 14.59
A.B. Pederson Man People's 2,145 14.10
H.S. Hogoboom Man Republican 2,092 13.75
Nathaniel I. (N.I.) Burnett Man People's 2,011 13.22
John Goss (i) Man Democrat 599 3.94
E.J. Taylor Man Democrat 503 3.31
Theodore (T.H.) Beaulieu Man Democrat 496 3.26

Goss was a resident of Georgetown.

Taylor was a resident of Moorhead.

Beaulieu was a resident of White Earth.

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11/06/1894 State House, District 54 General Jay M. Smith (Republican) won with 8,171 votes (23.95%) and a winning margin of +17.95
William A. Cant (Republican) won with 6,831 votes (20.02%) and a winning margin of +14.03
Neil McInnis (Republican) won with 6,685 votes (19.59%) and a winning margin of +13.60
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Jay M. Smith Man Republican 8,171 23.95
William A. Cant Man Republican 6,831 20.02
Neil McInnis Man Republican 6,685 19.59
Alexander S. Wilson Man Democrat 2,045 5.99
Henry J. Grannis Man Democrat 2,007 5.88
W.D. Dean Man People's 1,968 5.77
Stephen C. Murphy Man Democrat 1,920 5.63
Thomas Morris Man People's 1,783 5.23
Z.H. Austin Man People's 1,628 4.77
Howard C. Kendall Man Independent 669 1.96
Charles E. Shannon Man Independent 413 1.21