Governor, 1956 Election

Primary Republican

Date: September 11, 1956
Cycle: 1956
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Ancher Nelsen Man Republican 283,844 94.40 +90.34
Walt (W.J.) Werner Man Republican 12,195 4.06
Paul Indykiewicz Man Republican 4,654 1.55

Nelson was a farmer from Hutchinson, former Lieutenant Governor (1953), and Administrator of the U.S. Rural Electrification Administration (1953-1956). He would later serve eight terms in the U.S. House (CD 02, 1959-1974).

Werner Werner was a salesman from Blue Earth and GOP candidate for Governor in 1948, Clerk of the Supreme Court in 1950, and Lieutenant Governor in 1952.

Indykiewicz was a resident of New Brighton and GOP gubernatorial candidate in 1952.


  • State of Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1957-1958 (p. 525).