Lieutenant Governor, 1940 Election


Date: November 5, 1940
Cycle: 1940
Office: Lieutenant Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
C. Elmer Anderson Incumbent Man Republican 598,369 51.15 +25.04
Howard Y. Williams Man Farmer-Labor 305,418 26.11
Frank Patrick Ryan Man Democrat 265,793 22.72
William Heron Man Write-In (Sticker) 306 0.03

Lieutenant Governor Anderson was reelected to a second term.

Williams was a resident of St. Paul and executive national organizer of the Farmer-Labor Political Federation. He was also a Farmer-Labor U.S. House nominee for the 4th CD in 1928, 1936, and 1938 and a candidate for an at-large seat in 1932.

Ryan was an attorney from Minneapolis.

Heron was a resident of St. Paul and endorsed by the state Communist Party at the state convention in June. He ran a sticker campaign.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1941 (Abstract of Votes Polled for State Officers By Counties).