Governor, 1952 Election

Primary Republican

Date: September 9, 1952
Cycle: 1952
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
C. Elmer Anderson Incumbent Man Republican 276,677 70.42 +44.25
Stafford King Man Republican 102,823 26.17
John C. (J.C.) Peterson Man Republican 6,283 1.60
Sigrid (Mrs. Peder P.) Schmidt Woman Republican 3,165 0.81
August Scramstad Man Republican 1,979 0.50
Paul Indykiewicz Man Republican 1,967 0.50

Governor Anderson, who succeeded Governor Luther Youngdahl after his resignation on September 8, 1951, was nominated.

King was the sitting state Auditor (1931-1969) from St. Paul and 1948 GOP gubernatorial candidate.

Peterson was a sign painter from Duluth, a Republican candidate for Governor in 1944, 1952, and 1970, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 1946, a Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1960, and a DFL candidate for Governor in 1966.

Schmidt was a homemaker from Brooklyn Center and the first Republican woman to appear on a primary or general Minnesota gubernatorial ballot and second woman overall.

Scramstad was a railroad tower worker from Minneapolis and 1950 GOP gubernatorial candidate.

Indykiewicz was a resident of New Brighton.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1953 (p. 349).