Governor, 1916 Election


Date: November 7, 1916
Cycle: 1916
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Joseph Alfred Arner (J.A.A.) Burnquist Incumbent Man Republican 245,841 62.94 +39.10
Thomas P. Dwyer Man Democrat 93,112 23.84
J.O. Bentall Man Socialist 26,306 6.73
Thomas J. (T.J.) Anderson Man Prohibition 19,884 5.09
John P. Johnson Man Industrial Labor 5,476 1.40

This was the last gubernatorial election in which a Democratic nominee came in second place until the DFL merger in 1944.

Governor Burnquist was elected to a second term with the largest victory margin in Minnesota history for a gubernatorial general election. Burnquist, a former state Representative (HD 33, 1909-1913) and Lieutenant Governor (1913-1915), succeeded to the position after Democratic Governor Winfield S. Hammond died on December 30, 1915.

Dwyer was a boilermaker from Minneapolis and Democratic U.S. House nominee for the 5th CD in 1908, 1910, and 1912.

Bentall, a resident of Minneapolis, was the former state Secretary of the Illinois Socialist Party and nominee for Illinois’ 2nd CD race in 1910.

Anderson was the father-in-law of former Glenwood Mayor and future U.S. Senator Henrik Shipstead.

Johnson, a resident of St. Paul, was the Socialist Labor U.S. House nominee for the 6th CD in 1900.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1917 (p. 512).