Governor, 1934 Election

Primary Democrat

Date: June 18, 1934
Cycle: 1934
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
John E. Regan Man Democrat 91,076 34.62 +8.53
Fred Schilplin Man Democrat 68,649 26.10
Albert Pfaender Man Democrat 39,386 14.97
Oliver Skellet Man Democrat 24,923 9.47
Silas M. Bryan Man Democrat 16,539 6.29
Joseph J. (J.J.) Moriarity Man Democrat 9,239 3.51
James Hegland Man Democrat 7,733 2.94
Matthew F. Eusterman Man Democrat 5,504 2.09

Regan was an attorney from Mankato, former state Representative (HD 08, 1931-1933), and Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 1932.

Schilplin was a newspaper publisher from St. Cloud.

Pfaender was an attorney from New Ulm and state Representative (HD 19, 1909-1915; HD 14, 1933-1935).

Skellet was a prominent businessman from St. Paul.

Bryan was an attorney from Minneapolis and Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 1922 and U.S. House seats in 1930 (5th CD) and 1932 (at-large). He was the son of Nebraska Governor Charles Bryan, nephew of former Democratic presidential nominee and U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, and cousin of former Florida U.S. Representative Ruth Bryan Owen.

Moriarity was an attorney from Shakopee and Democratic U.S. House nominee for the 3rd CD in 1930.

Hegland was a resident of Minneapolis, candidate for governor in 1932, and Minneapolis mayoral candidate in 1933.

Eusterman was a dentist from Rochester and an at-large Democratic candidate for U.S. House in 1932.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1935 (p. 203).