Lieutenant Governor, 1952 Election

Primary Republican

Date: September 9, 1952
Cycle: 1952
Office: Lieutenant Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Ancher Nelsen Man Republican 149,356 42.37 +9.26
Elmer R. Anderson Man Republican 116,727 33.11
Harry L. Hansen Man Republican 33,132 9.40
Walt (W.J.) Werner Man Republican 32,234 9.14
Elmer O. Stovern Man Republican 21,079 5.98

Nelsen was a farmer from Hutchinson and former state Senator (SD 22, 1935-1951). He would later serve as U.S. Representative (CD 02, 1959-1974).

Anderson was an attorney and trade association counsel from Minneapolis.

Hansen worked in a brokerage business in Minneapolis.

Werner was a salesman from Blue Earth. He was a candidate for several state legislative races: HD 07 in 1942's special and 1946, HD 55 in 1950 and 1954 , and SD 07 in 1944's special. He was also a Republican candidate for Governor in 1948 and 1956 and Supreme Court Clerk in 1950.

Stovern was a farmer from Long Prairie. He was also a former Superintendent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Duluth Chief of Police.


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