State of Minnesota

Governors


 

Name

Territorial Governors

Party

Alexander Ramsey

1849-1853 

Whig

Willis Arnold Gorman

1853-1857

Democrat

Samuel Medary

1857-1858

Democrat

 

State Governors

Henry Sibley

1858-1860

Democrat

Alexander Ramsey

1860-1863

Republican

Henry Swift

1863-1864

Republican

Stephen Miller

1864-1866

Republican

William Raine Marshall

1866-1870

Republican

Horace Austin

1870-1874

Republican

Cushman Davis

1874-1876

Republican

John S. Pillsbury

1876-1882

Republican

Lucius Frederick Hubbard

1882-1887

Republican

Andrew Ryan McGill

1887-1889

Republican

William Rush Merriam

1889-1893

Republican

Knute Nelson

1893-1895

Republican

David Marston Clough

1895-1899

Republican

John Lind

1899-1901

Democrat

Samuel R. Van Sant

1901-1905

Republican

John Albert Johnson

1905-1909

Democrat

Adolph Olson Eberhart

1909-1915

Republican

Winfield Scott Hammond

1915-1915

Democrat

Joseph A. A. Burnquist

1915-1921

Republican

Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus

1921-1925

Republican

Theodore Christianson 

1925-1931

Republican

Floyd B. Olson

1931-1936

Farmer-Labor

Hjalmar Petersen

1936-1937

Farmer-Labor

Elmer Austin Benson

1937-1939

Farmer-Labor

Harold Stassen

1939-1943 

Republican

Edward John Thye

1943-1947

Republican

Luther Youngdahl 

1947-1951

Republican

C. Elmer Anderson

1951-1955

Republican

Orville Freeman

1955-1961 

Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Elmer L. Andersen

1961-1963 

Republican

Karl Rolvaag

1963-1967

Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Harold LeVander

1967-1971

Republican

Wendell Anderson

1971-1976

Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Rudy Perpich

1976-1979

Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Al Quie

1979-1983

Independent-Republican

Rudy Perpich

1983-1991

Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Arne Carlson

1991-1999

Ind. Republican-Republican

Jesse Ventura
[James Janos]

1999-2003

Reform/Independence

Tim Pawlenty

2003-2011

Republican

Mark Dayton

January 3, 2011- PRESENT

Democratic-Farmer-Labor




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