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Minnesota : Past Governors Bios
Governor's Name State Time in Office Party
Gov. Tim Pawlenty Minnesota (2003 - 2011)
Republican
Gov. Jesse Ventura Minnesota (1999 - 2003)
Minnesota Independence Party
Gov. Arne Helge Carlson Minnesota (1991 - 1999)
Republican
Gov. Albert Harold Quie Minnesota (1979 - 1983)
Republican
Gov. Rudolph George Perpich Minnesota (1976 - 1979)
(1983 - 1991)
Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Gov. Wendell Richard Anderson Minnesota (1971 - 1976)
Democrat
Gov. Harold LeVander Minnesota (1967 - 1971)
Republican
Gov. Karl Fritjof Rolvaag Minnesota (1963 - 1967)
Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Gov. Elmer Lee Anderson Minnesota (1961 - 1963)
Republican
Gov. Orville Lothrop Freeman Minnesota (1955 - 1961)
Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Gov. Clyde Elmer Anderson Minnesota (1951 - 1955)
Republican
Gov. Luther Wallace Youngdahl Minnesota (1947 - 1951)
Republican
Gov. Edward John Thye Minnesota (1943 - 1947)
Republican
Gov. Harold Edward Stassen Minnesota (1939 - 1943)
Republican
Gov. Elmer Austin Benson Minnesota (1937 - 1939)
Farmer-Labor
Gov. Floyd Bjornstjerne Olson Minnesota (1931 - 1936)
Farmer-Labor
Gov. Hjalmar Petersen Minnesota (1937 - 1936)
Farmer-Labor
Gov. Theodore Christianson Minnesota (1925 - 1931)
Republican
Gov. Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus Minnesota (1921 - 1925)
Republican
Gov. Joseph Alfred Arner Burnquist Minnesota (1915 - 1921)
Republican
Gov. Winfield Scott Hammond Minnesota (1915 - 1915)
Democratic
Gov. Adolph Olson Eberhart Minnesota (1909 - 1915)
Republican
Gov. John Albert Johnson Minnesota (1905 - 1909)
Democratic
Gov. Samuel Rinnah Van Sant Minnesota (1901 - 1905)
Republican
Gov. John Lind Minnesota (1899 - 1901)
Democratic
Gov. David Marston Clough Minnesota (1895 - 1899)
Republican
Gov. Knute Nelson Minnesota (1893 - 1895)
Republican
Gov. William Rush Merriam Minnesota (1889 - 1893)
Republican
Gov. Andrew Ryan McGill Minnesota (1887 - 1889)
Republican
Gov. Lucius Frederick Hubbard Minnesota (1882 - 1887)
Republican
Gov. John Sargent Pillsbury Minnesota (1876 - 1882)
Republican
Gov. Cushman Kellogg Davis Minnesota (1874 - 1876)
Republican
Gov. Horace Austin Minnesota (1870 - 1874)
Republican
Gov. William Rainey Marshall Minnesota (1866 - 1870)
Republican
Gov. Stephen Miller Minnesota (1864 - 1866)
Republican
Gov. Henry Adoniram Swift Minnesota (1863 - 1864)
Republican
Gov. Alexander Ramsey Minnesota (1860 - 1863)
Republican
Gov. Henry Hastings Sibley Minnesota (1858 - 1860)
Democratic