Supreme Court Chief Justice, 1924 Election

Primary Nonpartisan

Date: June 16, 1924
Cycle: 1924
Office: Supreme Court Chief Justice
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Samuel B. Wilson Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 86,439 21.22 +5.97
Albert Johnson (i) Man Nonpartisan 69,999 17.18 +1.93
Horace D. Dickinson Man Nonpartisan 62,127 15.25
Ernest Lundeen Man Nonpartisan 48,475 11.90
Hugo O. Hanft Man Nonpartisan 41,475 10.18
Harold Baker Man Nonpartisan 39,959 9.81
Willard L. (W.L.) Comstock Man Nonpartisan 34,283 8.42
Frederic A. (Fred) Pike Man Nonpartisan 24,608 6.04

Chief Justice Samuel Wilson was appointed to the Court by Governor J.A.O. Preus on September 29, 1923 following the death of Chief Justice Calvin Brown on September 24, 1923.

Johnson was a resident of Red Wing, First Judicial District Judge, and candidate for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1914, and candidate for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1920.

Dickinson was a resident of Minneapolis and Hennepin County District Court Judge.

Lundeen was an attorney from Minneapolis, former state Representative (HD 42, 1911-1915) and former U.S. Representative (CD 05, 1917-1919). Lundeen ran for the U.S. House multiple times and would later serve two more terms as a Farmer-Laborite (AL, 1933-1935; CD 03, 1935-1937) before getting elected to the U.S. Senate (1937-1940). He was also a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in 1922.

Hanft was a resident of St. Paul, sitting Ramsey County District Judge (1915-1943), former assistant Ramsey County Attorney, and former St. Paul Municipal Court Judge.

Baker was a resident of Renville and Twelfth Judicial District Judge.

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 Democratic nominee for Governor in 1918.

Pike was an attorney from St. Paul and state chairman of the Farmer-Labor Party.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1925 (p. 317).