Clerk of the Supreme Court, 1954 Election


Date: November 2, 1954
Cycle: 1954
Office: Clerk of the Supreme Court
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Frank Larkin Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 600,648 54.36 +8.73
Grace F. Kaercher Incumbent Woman Republican 504,242 45.64

Clerk of Court Kaercher Davis became the first incumbent to be unseated in general elections twice (1934, 1954).

Larkin was a milk-route driver and farmer from Hopkins. Larkin's election spurred the legislature to put forth a constitutional amendment making this office appointed. The amendment was passed on the November 6, 1956 general election ballot and long-serving Deputy Clerk of Court Mae Sherman was appointed to the position by Governor Orville Freeman effective December 1, 1956. Larkin, who was in the midst of a four-year term, became Deputy Clerk of Court.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1955 (p. 534).