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Encyclopedia > List of Governors of Minnesota

This is a list of Governors for Minnesota:


Territorial Governors

Name Took Office Left Office Party
Alexander Ramsey 1849 1853 Whig
Willis Arnold Gorman 1853 1857 Democrat
Samuel Medary 1857 1858 Democrat

State Governors

Name Took Office Left Office Party Lieutenant Governor(s)
Henry Hastings Sibley 1858 1860 Democrat William Holcombe
Alexander Ramsey 1860 1863 Republican Ignatius Donnelly
Henry Adoniram Swift
Henry Adoniram Swift 1863 1864 Republican
Stephen Miller 1864 1866 Republican Charles D. Sherwood
William Raine Marshall 1866 1870 Republican Thomas H. Armstrong
Horace Austin 1870 1874 Republican William H. Yale
Cushman Davis 1874 1876 Republican Alphonso Barto
John Sargent Pillsbury 1876 1882 Republican James B. Wakefield
Charles A. Gilman
Lucius Frederick Hubbard 1882 1887 Republican Charles A. Gilman
Andrew Ryan McGill 1887 1889 Republican Albert E. Rice
William Rush Merriam 1889 1893 Republican Albert E. Rice
Gideon S. Ives
Knute Nelson 1893 1895 Republican David Marston Clough
David Marston Clough 1895 1899 Republican Frank A. Day
John Lind 1899 1901 Democrat Lyndon Ambrose Smith
Samuel Rinnah Van Sant 1901 1905 Republican Lyndon Ambrose Smith
Ray W. Jones
John Albert Johnson 1905 1909 Democrat Ray W. Jones
Adolph Olson Eberhart
Adolph Olson Eberhart 1909 1915 Republican Edward Everett Smith
Samuel Y. Gordon
Joseph Alfred Arner Burnquist
Winfield Scott Hammond 1915 1915 Democrat Joseph Alfred Arner Burnquist
Joseph Alfred Arner Burnquist 1915 1921 Republican George H. Sullivan
Thomas Frankson
Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus 1921 1925 Republican Louis L. Collins
Theodore Christianson 1925 1931 Republican William Ignatius Nolan
Charles E. Adams
Floyd B. Olson 1931 1936 Farmer-Labor Henry M. Arens
Konrad K. Solberg
Hjalmar Petersen
Hjalmar Petersen 1936 1937 Farmer-Labor William B. Richardson (acting)
Elmer Austin Benson 1937 1939 Farmer-Labor Gottfrid Lindsten
Harold Stassen 1939 1943 Republican Clyde Elmer Anderson
Edward John Thye
Edward John Thye 1943 1947 Republican Archie H. Miller
Clyde Elmer Anderson
Luther Wallace Youngdahl 1947 1951 Republican Clyde Elmer Anderson
Clyde Elmer Anderson 1951 1955 Republican Ancher Nelsen
Donald O. Wright
Orville Freeman 1955 1961 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Karl Rolvaag
Elmer Lee Andersen 1961 1963 Republican Karl Rolvaag
Karl Rolvaag 1963 1967 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Alexander McKenzie Keith
Harold R LeVander 1967 1971 Republican James B. Goetz
Wendell Anderson 1971 1976 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rudy Perpich
Rudy Perpich 1976 1979 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Alec G. Olson
Al Quie 1979 1983 Independent-Republican Lou Wangberg
Rudy Perpich 1983 1991 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Marlene Johnson
Arne Carlson 1991 1999 Independent-Republican/Republican Joanell Dyrstad
Joanne E. Benson
Jesse Ventura (James George Janos) 1999 2003 Reform/Independence Mae Schunk
Tim Pawlenty 2003 present Republican Carol Molnau

See also


  • The Governor's Office and History (http://www.dps.state.mn.us/pawlenty/tpaw_history.asp), accessed February 12, 2004.

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