List of governors of Minnesota

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The following is a list of Governors of the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Territory, United States.

Territorial governors[change | change source]

Territorial Governors of Minnesota
No. Governor Term of office Party Place of birth Appointed by
1 Alexander Ramsey - Brady-Handy.jpg   Alexander Ramsey June 1, 1849

May 15, 1853
Whig Pennsylvania Zachary Taylor
2 WillisGorman.jpg   Willis A. Gorman May 15, 1853

April 23, 1857
Democratic Kentucky Franklin Pierce
3 SamuelMedary.jpg   Samuel Medary April 23, 1857

May 24, 1858
Democratic Pennsylvania James Buchanan

State governors[change | change source]

Parties

  Democratic   Farmer-Labor   Republican   Reform/Independence

# Governor Took office Left office Party Date of birth Place of birth Date of death Lieutenant governor(s) Term
1 Henry H. Sibley HHSibley-official.jpg May 24, 1858 January 2, 1860 Democratic February 20, 1811 Michigan February 18, 1891 William Holcombe 1
2 Alexander Ramsey RamseyOilCrop.jpg January 2, 1860 July 10, 1863[1] Republican September 8, 1815 Pennsylvania April 22, 1903 Ignatius L. Donnelly 2
Henry A. Swift[2] 3
3 Henry A. Swift HASwift-official.jpg July 10, 1863[2] January 11, 1864 March 23, 1823 Ohio February 25, 1869 vacant
4 Stephen Miller StephenMiller.jpg January 11, 1864 January 8, 1866 January 7, 1816 Pennsylvania August 18, 1881 Charles D. Sherwood 4
5 William R. Marshall WRMarshall.jpg January 8, 1866 January 9, 1870 October 17, 1825 Missouri January 8, 1896 Thomas H. Armstrong 5
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6 Horace Austin Horace Austin (1873).jpg January 9, 1870 January 7, 1874 October 15, 1831 Connecticut November 2, 1905 William H. Yale 7
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7 Cushman K. Davis CushmanDavisOil.jpg January 7, 1874 January 7, 1876 June 16, 1838 New York November 27, 1900 Alphonso Barto 9
8 John S. Pillsbury JohnSPills.jpg January 7, 1876 January 10, 1882 July 29, 1827 New Hampshire October 18, 1901 James B. Wakefield 10
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Charles A. Gilman 12
9 Lucius F. Hubbard LFHubbard-official.jpg January 10, 1882 January 5, 1887 January 26, 1836 New York February 5, 1913 13
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10 Andrew R. McGill AndrewMcgill.jpg January 5, 1887 January 9, 1889 February 19, 1840 Pennsylvania October 31, 1905 Albert E. Rice 15
11 William R. Merriam WilliamMerriam.jpg January 9, 1889 January 9, 1893 July 26, 1849 New York February 18, 1931 16
Gideon S. Ives 17
12 Knute Nelson Knute Nelson portrait 1895.jpg January 9, 1893 January 31, 1895[1] February 2, 1843 Norway April 28, 1923 David M. Clough 18
13 David M. Clough DavidClough.jpg January 31, 1895[2] January 2, 1899 December 27, 1846 New Hampshire August 28, 1924 Frank A. Day 19
John L. Gibbs 20
14 John Lind John Lind, governor of Minnesota.jpg January 2, 1899 January 7, 1901 Democratic[3] March 25, 1854 Sweden September 18, 1930 Lyndon A. Smith 21
15 Samuel R. Van Sant SRVanSant-official.jpg January 7, 1901 January 4, 1905 Republican May 11, 1844 Illinois October 3, 1936 22
Ray W. Jones 23
16 John A. Johnson JohnJohnson.jpg January 4, 1905 September 21, 1909[4] Democratic July 28, 1861 Minnesota September 21, 1909 24
Adolph O. Eberhart 25
17 Adolph O. Eberhart AOEberhart-official.jpg September 21, 1909[2] January 5, 1915 Republican June 23, 1870 Sweden December 6, 1944 Edward E. Smith[2] 26
Samuel Y. Gordon 27
J. A. A. Burnquist 28
18 Winfield S. Hammond WinfieldSHammond.jpg January 5, 1915 December 30, 1915[4] Democratic November 17, 1863 Massachusetts December 30, 1915 29
19 J. A. A. Burnquist JAABurnquist-official.jpg December 30, 1915[2] January 5, 1921 Republican July 21, 1879 Iowa January 12, 1961 George H. Sullivan[2] 29
Thomas Frankson 30
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20 J. A. O. Preus JacobPreus.jpg January 5, 1921 January 6, 1925 August 28, 1883 Wisconsin May 24, 1961 Louis L. Collins 32
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21 Theodore Christianson TheodoreChristianson.jpg January 6, 1925 January 6, 1931 September 12, 1883 Minnesota December 9, 1948 William I. Nolan 34
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Charles Edward Adams[2] 36
22 Floyd B. Olson Painting of Governor Floyd B. Olson.jpg January 6, 1931 August 22, 1936[4] Farmer-Labor November 13, 1891 Minnesota August 22, 1936 Henry M. Arens 37
Konrad K. Solberg 38
Hjalmar Petersen 39
23 Hjalmar Petersen Hjalmar Petersen.jpg August 22, 1936[2] January 4, 1937 January 2, 1890 Denmark March 29, 1968 William B. Richardson (acting)[5]
24 Elmer A. Benson Elmer Austin Benson.jpg January 4, 1937 January 2, 1939 September 22, 1895 Minnesota March 13, 1985 Gottfrid T. Lindsten 40
25 Harold E. Stassen HaroldStassenOfficialOil.jpg January 2, 1939 April 27, 1943[1] Republican April 13, 1907 Minnesota March 4, 2001 C. Elmer Anderson 41
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Edward J. Thye 43
26 Edward J. Thye EdwardThye.jpg April 27, 1943 January 8, 1947 April 26, 1896 South Dakota August 28, 1969 Archie H. Miller
C. Elmer Anderson 44
27 Luther W. Youngdahl Luther Youngdahl 1949 (cropped).jpg January 8, 1947 September 27, 1951[1] May 29, 1896 Minnesota June 21, 1978 45
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28 C. Elmer Anderson Flag of Minnesota (1893).svg September 27, 1951[2] January 5, 1955 March 16, 1912 Minnesota January 22, 1998 vacant
Ancher Nelsen 48
Donald O. Wright
29 Orville L. Freeman Orville L. Freeman, Secretary of Agriculture (1961-1969).jpg January 5, 1955 January 2, 1961 Democratic-Farmer-Labor May 9, 1918 Minnesota February 20, 2003 Karl F. Rolvaag 49
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30 Elmer L. Andersen January 2, 1961 March 25, 1963[6] Republican June 17, 1909 Illinois November 15, 2004 52
31 Karl F. Rolvaag Karl Rolvaag 1963.jpg March 25, 1963[6] January 2, 1967 Democratic-Farmer-Labor July 18, 1913 Minnesota December 20, 1990 Sandy Keith 53
32 Harold LeVander Flag of Minnesota (1957–1983).svg January 2, 1967 January 4, 1971 Republican October 10, 1910 Nebraska March 30, 1992 James B. Goetz 54
33 Wendell R. Anderson Wendell Anderson.jpg January 4, 1971 December 29, 1976[1] Democratic-Farmer-Labor February 1, 1933 Minnesota July 17, 2016 Rudy Perpich 55
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34 Rudy Perpich December 29, 1976[2] January 4, 1979 June 27, 1928 Minnesota September 21, 1995 Alec G. Olson[2]
35 Al Quie Al Quie 1977 congressional photo.jpg January 4, 1979 January 3, 1983 Independent-Republican September 18, 1923 Minnesota Lou Wangberg 57
36 Rudy Perpich January 3, 1983 January 7, 1991 Democratic-Farmer-Labor June 27, 1928 Minnesota September 21, 1995 Marlene Johnson 58
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37 Arne H. Carlson ArneCarlson.jpg January 7, 1991 January 4, 1999 Independent-Republican/
Republican
September 24, 1934 New York Joanell M. Dyrstad 60
Joanne Benson 61
38 Jesse Ventura[7] Jesse Ventura 1996.jpg January 4, 1999 January 6, 2003 Reform/Independence July 15, 1951 Minnesota Mae A. Schunk 62
39 Tim Pawlenty Tim Pawlenty official photo.jpg January 6, 2003 January 3, 2011 Republican November 27, 1960 Minnesota Carol Molnau 63
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40 Mark Dayton Mark Dayton official photo.jpg January 3, 2011 January 7, 2019 Democratic-Farmer-Labor January 26, 1947 Minnesota Yvonne Prettner Solon 65
Tina Smith 66
Michelle Fischbach
41 Tim Walz Tim Walz official photo (cropped 2).jpg January 7, 2019 Incumbent April 6, 1964 Nebraska Peggy Flanagan 67

Notes[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Resigned.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Succeeded to office following death or resignation of previous officeholder.
  3. Lind was also endorsed by the Populist Party and the Silver Republican Party.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Died in office of natural causes.
  5. Served as acting lieutenant governor and never took the oath of office.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A recount and subsequent litigation lasting 139 days delayed Karl Rolvaag's inauguration as governor.
  7. Ventura's birth and legal name is James George Janos.