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Elmer A. Benson

AKA Elmer Austin Benson

Born: 22-Sep-1895
Birthplace: Appleton, MN
Died: 13-Mar-1985
Location of death: Minneapolis, MN
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton, MN

Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of Minnesota, 1937-39

Military service: US Army (1918-19, Pvt.)


[1] Farmer-Labor Party. Later a Democrat-Farmer-Labor (DFL).

Father: Thomas Helga Benson
Mother: Dora Jacobsen
Wife: Francis Lillian Miller (m. 14-Oct-1922, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Lois
Son: Thomas

    Law School: LLB, St. Paul College of Law (1918)

    Governor of Minnesota (4-Jan-1937 to 2-Jan-1939)
    US Senator, Minnesota (appointed, 27-Dec-1935 to 3-Nov-1936)
    Minnesota State Official State Commissioner of Banks (1933-35)
    Minnesota State Official State Commissioner of Securities (1933)
    American Legion
    Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
    Freemasonry
    Minnesota State Bar Association 1918
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Norwegian Ancestry


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