1948 Massachusetts general election

A Massachusetts general election was held on November 2, 1948 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held on September 14, 1948.

Statewide elections[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Republican incumbent Leverett Saltonstall, defeated Democratic nominee John I. Fitzgerald, Socialist Labor candidate Henning A. Blomen, and Prohibition candidate E. Tallmadge Root.


Democratic nominee Paul A. Dever was elected over Republican incumbent Robert F. Bradford, Socialist Labor candidate Horace Hillis, and Prohibition candidate Mark R. Shaw.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Democratic nominee Charles F. Sullivan was elected over Republican incumbent Arthur W. Coolidge, Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams.

Attorney General[edit]

Democratic nominee Francis E. Kelly defeated Republican incumbent Clarence A. Barnes and Socialist Labor candidate Anthony Martin to become Attorney General.

1948 Massachusetts Attorney General Democratic Primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Francis E. Kelly 98,370 35.94%
Democratic Patrick Gilbert Sullivan 66,395 24.26%
Democratic John F. Kelley 63,678 23.27%
Democratic Enrico Cappucci 45,227 16.53%
Write-in 5 0.00%
1948 Massachusetts Attorney General Election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Francis E. Kelly 1,077,504 53.26%
Republican Clarence A. Barnes 927,779 45.86%
Socialist Labor Anthony Martin 17,649 0.87%
Write-in 10 0.00%

Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Democratic nominee Edward J. Cronin defeated Republican incumbent Frederic W. Cook and Socialist Labor candidate Gote E. Palmquist to become Secretary of the Commonwealth.

1948 Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Democratic Primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. Cronin 148,545 61.82%
Democratic Jerome P. Troy 93,362 35.94%
Write-in 2 0.00%
1948 Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. Cronin 1,011,397 49.98%
Republican Frederic W. Cook 997,764 49.30%
Socialist Labor Gote E. Palmquist 14,416 0.71%
Write-in 1 0.00%

Treasurer and Receiver-General[edit]

Democratic nominee John E. Hurley defeated Republican incumbent Laurence Curtis, Socialist Labor candidate Malcolm T. Rowe, and Prohibition candidate Harold J. Ireland to become Treasurer and Receiver-General.

1948 Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John E. Hurley 1,120,989 55.21%
Republican Laurence Curtis 888,767 43.78%
Socialist Labor Malcolm T. Rowe 13,087 0.64%
Prohibition Harold J. Ireland 7,279 0.36%
Write-in 4 0.00%


Incumbent Auditor Thomas J. Buckley defeated Republican Russell A. Wood, Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano, and Prohibition candidate Robert A. Simmons in the general election.

1948 Massachusetts State Auditor Republican Primary[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Russell A. Wood 91,768 40.18%
Republican Edwin L. Olander 81,109 35.51%
Republican Douglas Lawson 41,497 18.17%
Republican Wallace E. Stearns 14,025 6.14%
Write-in 0 0.00%
1948 Massachusetts Auditor General Election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas J. Buckley 1,241,653 61.67%
Republican Russell A. Wood 752,430 32.40%
Socialist Labor Francis A. Votano 12,510 0.62%
Prohibition Robert A. Simmons 6,916 0.34%
Write-in 5 0.00%