Governor, 1918 Election

Primary Democrat

Date: June 17, 1918
Cycle: 1918
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Fred E. Wheaton Man Democrat 16,639 50.96 +1.93
Willard L. (W.L.) Comstock Man Democrat 16,010 49.04

Wheaton, a resident of Minneapolis was the state campaign manager for President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and Democratic nominee for Clerk of the Supreme Court in 1906.

Comstock was a resident of Mankato, sitting Sixth Judicial District Judge, former state Representative (HD 10, 1893-1895), independent candidate for SD 11 in 1902, and candidate for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1924.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1917 (p. 253).