Governor, 1920 Election

Primary Republican

Date: June 21, 1920
Cycle: 1920
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Jacob A.O. (J.A.O.) Preus Man Republican 133,832 43.55 +2.59
Henrik Shipstead Man Republican 125,861 40.96
Thomas Frankson Man Republican 27,421 8.92
Franklin F. Ellsworth Man Republican 7,754 2.52
Samuel Iverson Man Republican 7,383 2.40
Thomas Keefe Man Republican 5,060 1.65

Preus was an attorney from Minneapolis, former state Insurance Commissioner (1911-1915), and sitting state Auditor (1915-1921).

Shipstead was a dentist from Glenwood, former Glenwood Mayor (1911-1913), former state Representative (HD 47, 1917-1919), and future Farmer-Laborite and Republican U.S. Senator (1923-1947).

Frankson was an attorney from St. Paul, former state Representative (HD 05, 1911-1915), and sitting Lieutenant Governor (1917-1921).

Ellsworth was an attorney from St. James, former Watonwan County prosecuting attorney (1905-1909), and sitting U.S. Representative (CD 02, 1915-1921).

Iverson was an attorney from Rushford, former state Representative (HD 02, 1887-1889), and state Auditor (1903-1915).

Keefe was a resident of Staples.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1921 (p. 101).