Lieutenant Governor, 1936 Election

Primary Republican

Date: June 15, 1936
Cycle: 1936
Office: Lieutenant Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Arthur E. Nelson Man Republican 60,883 31.71 +1.52
Franklin F. Ellsworth Man Republican 57,962 30.19
Knute Knutson Man Republican 33,858 17.64
J. Russell (J.R.) Sweitzer Man Republican 32,270 16.81
Roy Delferd Modeen Man Republican 7,011 3.65

Nelson was the former Mayor of St. Paul (1922-1926) and Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1928. He would later win a special election to the U.S. Senate in 1942.

Ellsworth was an attorney from Minneapolis, former Watonwan County prosecuting attorney (1905-1909), former U.S. Representative (CD 02, 1915-1921), and candidate for Governor in 1920, 1922, 1924, and 1932. He also was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1934, 1940, and 1942.

Knutson was a farmer and attorney from Benson, former state Representative (HD 56, 1907-1909, 1911-1913; HD 25, 1915-1919), candidate for Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner in 1928 and 1942, and candidate for an at-large U.S. House seat in 1932.

Sweitzer was a contractor from St. Paul and sitting state Representative (HD 42, 1921-1937).

Modeen was an attorney from Minneapolis, candidate for an at-large U.S. House seat in 1932, candidate for the SD 29 special election in December 1932, and candidate for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1934.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1937 (p. 203).