1942 Election Cycle

Republicans dominated again at the ballot box although there was one incumbent electoral casualty. Lieutenant Governor C. Elmer Anderson was defeated in the GOP primary by state Dairy and Food Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Edward Thye. Republicans swept statewide offices in November with Governor Harold Stassen, Secretary of State Mike Holm, Auditor Stafford King, Attorney General J.A.A. Burnquist, Treasurer Julius Schmahl, and Clerk of the Supreme Court Grace Kaercher Davis winning reelection, Thye holding the Lieutenant Governorship, and William Nolan winning an open seat on the Railroad and Warehouse Commission. Governor Stassen resigned on April 27, 1943 to enter the U.S. Navy and serve in World War II with Thye succeeding him.

Republicans won both U.S. Senate elections on the ballot. Arthur Nelson won the special election to fill the remaining two months of the term for the seat of the late Farmer-Laborite Ernest Lundeen who died in August 1940. Senator Joseph Ball, who was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by Lundeen’s death, opted to only run for the full six-year term and won easily. In U.S. House contests, Walter Judd defeated freshman Oscar Youngdahl in the 5th CD GOP primary. Republicans held all eight seats in the general with Harold Hagen holding the open 9th CD for the Farmer-Labor Party.

Luther Youngdahl and Thomas Gallagher won two open seats on the Supreme Court with incumbent Royal Stone dying in office following the September primary but prior to the general election.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
12/30/1942 State House, District 07 Special Primary Edward O. (E.O.) Lund (Nonpartisan) won with 801 votes (40.72%) and a winning margin of +16.47
Ludwig B. (L.B.) Erdahl (Nonpartisan) won with 620 votes (31.52%) and a winning margin of +7.27
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Edward O. (E.O.) Lund Man Nonpartisan 801 40.72
Ludwig B. (L.B.) Erdahl Man Nonpartisan 620 31.52
Victor Schermerhorn Man Nonpartisan 477 24.25
Walt (W.J.) Werner Man Nonpartisan 69 3.51

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Mitchel Perrizo who enlisted in the U.S. Navy and resigned from his seat after being elected to the 53rd Legislature. Lund was a banker from Bricelyn. Erdahl was a farmer from Frost. Schermerhorn was a produce buyer from Blue Earth. Werner was a salesman from Blue Earth.

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11/03/1942 Railroad & Warehouse Commissioner General William Ignatius (W.I.) Nolan (Republican) won with 382,586 votes (53.48%) and a winning margin of +24.20
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
William Ignatius (W.I.) Nolan Man Republican 382,586 53.48
Charles Johnson Man Farmer-Labor 209,509 29.29
Arthur N. Cosgrove Man Democrat 104,448 14.60
Robert J. Kelly Man Communist 18,777 2.62

The election for this seat was for a six-year term.

Nolan was a resident of Minneapolis, former state Representative (HD 42, 1903-1909; HD 43, 1911-1915; HD 33, 1917-1925), former Lieutenant Governor (1925-1929), and former U.S. Representative (CD 05, 1929-1933). Nolan died in office on August 3, 1943. Governor Edward Thye appointed Rollin Johnson to fill the vacancy on August 12, 1943. Johnson was an attorney from Forest Lake, sitting state Representative (HD 43, 1925-1931, 1935-1943), and GOP candidate for Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner in the September 1942 primary, where he placed second out of 10 candidates.

Charles Johnson was a farmer from Round Lake, state vice chairman of the Farmer Holiday Association, Farmer-Labor candidate for Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner in 1934 and 1936.

Cosgrove was a resident of Minneapolis, chasier for the Great Northern Railway, Democratic nominee for Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner in 1936, 1938, and 1940, DFL nominee for Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner in 1944, and DFL candidate for Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner in 1946.

Kelly was a resident of Minneapolis and was nominated by petition.

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11/03/1942 U.S. House, District 01 General August H. Andresen (Republican) won with 58,387 votes (66.23%) and a winning margin of +32.46
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
August H. Andresen Incumbent Man Republican 58,387 66.23
Harold R. Atwood Man Democrat 29,771 33.77
11/03/1942 U.S. House, District 02 General Joseph P. O'Hara (Republican) won with 60,028 votes (70.03%) and a winning margin of +53.86
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Joseph P. O'Hara Incumbent Man Republican 60,028 70.03
R.J. Neunsinger Man Democrat 13,866 16.18
Charles Peterson Man Farmer-Labor 11,819 13.79
11/03/1942 Supreme Court Associate Justice General Luther Youngdahl (Nonpartisan) won with 377,774 votes (33.39%) and a winning margin of +15.14
Thomas F. Gallagher (Nonpartisan) won with 355,714 votes (31.44%) and a winning margin of +13.19
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Luther Youngdahl Man Nonpartisan 377,774 33.39
Thomas F. Gallagher Man Nonpartisan 355,714 31.44
J. Norman Peterson Man Nonpartisan 206,484 18.25
O.J. Anderson Man Nonpartisan 191,574 16.93

Youngdahl was an attorney from Minneapolis, former Assistant City Attorney of Minneapolis (1921-1924), former Minnesota Municipal Court Judge (1930-1936), and eventual Governor (1947-1951). Youngdahl resigned on March 15, 1946 to run for governor. Governor Edward Thye appointed William Christianson to fill the vacancy on March 26, 1946. Christianson was a Red Wing City Attorney.

Gallagher was a Minneapolis attorney, Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 1936, and Democratic nominee for Governor in 1938.

Peterson was an attorney from Long Prairie, former Todd County Attorney, Minnesota Liquor Control Commissioner, nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1944, DFL candidate for Attorney General in 1950, and DFL candidate for Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner in 1952.

Anderson was an attorney from Buffalo and Wright County Probate Judge. Although he placed fifth in the Top 4 September 1942 primary, Anderson moved on to the general election after the death of Associate Justice Royal Stone on September 13, 1942.

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