Secretary of State, 1956 Election


Date: November 6, 1956
Cycle: 1956
Office: Secretary of State
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Joseph Donovan Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 723,739 51.92 +3.84
C. Elmer Anderson Man Republican 670,278 48.08

Secretary of State Donovan was reelected to a second term.

Anderson was a former Minnesota Lieutenant Governor (1939-1943; 1945-1953) and Governor (1951-1955). Anderson was the first ex-governor to run for Secretary of State in Minnesota history.


  • State of Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1957-1958 (p. 640).