1946 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1946

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  Robert F. Bradford (Massachusetts Governor).jpg Mjtobin.jpg
Nominee Robert F. Bradford Maurice J. Tobin
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 911,152 762,743
Percentage 54.12% 45.30%

Governor before election

Maurice J. Tobin

Elected Governor

Robert F. Bradford

The 1946 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 5, 1946. Republican Robert F. Bradford defeated Democratic incumbent Maurice J. Tobin, Socialist Labor candidate Horace Hillis, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams.

In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Republican Arthur W. Coolidge defeated Democratic candidate Paul A. Dever, Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano, and Prohibition candidate Alfred Erickson.



Governor Tobin defeated Francis D. Harrigan, a senior partner with the law firm of Caulfield, Harrigan and Murray, associate editor of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America's Law Journal, and a World War I veteran, for the Democratic nomination.[1][2]

Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1946[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Maurice J. Tobin 194,529 75.70%
Democratic Francis D. Harrigan 62,418 24.30%

Former Attorney General Paul A. Dever defeated Roger Putnam, Daniel J. O'Connell, and John B. Carr for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor.[3]

Democratic Lt. gubernatorial primary, 1946[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Paul A. Dever 135,991 52.01%
Democratic Roger Putnam 87,868 33.60%
Democratic Daniel J. O'Connell 19,669 7.52%
Democratic John B. Carr 17,908 6.87%


Lieutenant Governor Robert F. Bradford won the Republican gubernatorial nomination unopposed.[4]

State Senator Arthur W. Coolidge defeated Lynn, Massachusetts mayor Albert Cole in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor.[5]

Republican Lt. gubernatorial primary, 1946[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Arthur W. Coolidge 124,804 66.39%
Republican Albert Cole 63,072 33.61%

General election[edit]


Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1946[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert F. Bradford 911,152 54.12%
Democratic Maurice J. Tobin 762,743 45.30%
Socialist Labor Horace Hillis 7,140 0.42%
Prohibition Guy S. Williams 2,408 0.16%

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Massachusetts Lt. gubernatorial election, 1946 [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Arthur W. Coolidge 827,192 49.71%
Democratic Paul A. Dever 820,405 49.31%
Socialist Labor Francis A. Votano 10,708 0.64%
Prohibition Alfred Erickson 5,398 0.34%