Governor, 1944 Election

Primary Republican

Date: July 10, 1944
Cycle: 1944
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Edward J. Thye Incumbent Man Republican 201,832 88.91 +80.24
John C. (J.C.) Peterson Man Republican 19,697 8.68
James D. Scarsdale Man Republican 5,469 2.41

Governor Thye, who succeeded Governor Harold Stassen after his resignation on April 27, 1943, was nominated. Thye, a farmer from Northfield, was a former state Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture (1939-1942) and Lieutenant Governor (1943). He would later win election to the U.S. Senate (1947-1959).

Peterson was a resident of Minneapolis and candidate for U.S. Senate in 1946.

Scarsdale was a resident of Minneapolis.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1943 (p. 173).