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Minnesota Governors, 1849-Present

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Compiled from Minnesota legislative manuals and other sources, including previous library compilations and several histories of Minnesota. While efforts have been made to verify this information in more than one source, the library cannot guarantee the accuracy of sources; errors are possible. Please report any errors to the library staff.

Under PARTY: DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor, R=Republican, IR=Independent-Republican, A=Alliance, D=Democrat, C=Conservative, FL=Farmer-Labor, L=Liberal, P=Populist, W=Whig, DSR=Democratic Silver Republican

Where a name or party designation is not given in the list, it was not given authoritatively in the sources so far consulted. It may be available from other sources.

Assumed OfficeGovernorPartyResidenceOccupationOther Info
1/7/2019 Tim WalzDFLMankatoTeacher
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1/3/2011 Mark DaytonDFLMinneapolisPolitician
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1/6/2003 Tim PawlentyREaganLawyer
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1/4/1999 Jesse VenturaReformMaple GroveRadio Personality
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1/7/1991 Arne CarlsonIRShoreview 
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1/3/1983 Rudy PerpichDFLHibbingDentist
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1/4/1979 Al QuieIRDennisonFarmer
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12/29/1976 Rudy PerpichDFLHibbingDentist
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1/4/1971 Wendell AndersonDFLSt. PaulLawyer
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1/2/1967 Harold LeVanderRSouth St. PaulLawyer
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3/25/1963 Karl RolvaagDFLSt. PaulLogger, Miner, Ranch hand, insurance executive
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1/2/1961 Elmer AndersenRSt. PaulBusiness Excecutive
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1/5/1955 Orville FreemanDFLMinneapolisLawyer
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9/27/1951 C. Elmer AndersonRBrainerdMagazine Distributer
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1/8/1947 Luther YoungdahlRMinneapolisLawyer
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4/27/1943 Edward ThyeRNorthfieldFarmer
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1/2/1939 Harold StassenRSouth St. PaulLawyer
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1/4/1937 Elmer BensonFLAppletonBanker, Businessman
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8/24/1936 Hjalmar PetersenFLAskovNewspaperman
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1/6/1931 Floyd OlsonFLMinneapolisSalesman, Laborer, Miner, Lawyer
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1/6/1925 Theodore ChristiansonRDawsonEditor, Publisher, Writer, Lawyer
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1/5/1921 J. A. O. PreusRMinneapolisLawyer, Businessman
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12/30/1915 J. A. A. BurnquistRSt. PaulLawyer
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1/5/1915 Winfield HammondDSt. JamesTeacher, Lawyer
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9/21/1909 A.O. EberhartRMankatoLawyer, Insurance, Real Estate
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1/4/1905 John JohnsonDSt. PeterNewspaper Editor
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1/7/1901 Samuel Van SantRWinonaLog rafting company
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1/2/1899 John LindP/DSRNew UlmLawyer, Teacher
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1/31/1895 D.M. CloughRMinneapolisLumberman
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1/4/1893 Knute NelsonRAlexandriaLawyer
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1/9/1889 William MerriamRSt. PaulBanker
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1/5/1887 Andrew McGillRSt. PeterTeacher, Editor, Lawyer
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1/10/1882 Lucius HubbardRRed WingTinsmith, Editor, Grain Merchant, Miller
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1/7/1876 John PillsburyRMinneapolisHardware Merchant, Lumberman, Flour Miller, Railroad Contractor
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1/7/1874 Cushman DavisRSt. PaulLawyer
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1/9/1870 Horace AustinRSt. PeterTeacher, Lawyer
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1/8/1866 William MarshallRSt. AnthonyMerchant, Farmer, Publisher, Banker
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1/11/1864 Stephen MillerRWorthingtonRailroads, Merchant
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7/10/1863 Henry SwiftRSt. PeterTeacher, Lawyer, Real Estate, Insurance
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1/2/1860 Alexander RamseyRSt. PaulLawyer
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5/24/1858 Henry SibleyDSt. PaulFur Trader, Businessman
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4/23/1857 (Territorial) Samuel MedaryD Teacher, Editor
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5/15/1853 (Territorial) Willis GormanDSt. PaulLawyer
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6/1/1849 (Territorial) Alexander RamseyWSt. PaulLawyer
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