1950 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1950

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Nominee Paul A. Dever Arthur W. Coolidge
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,074,570 824,069
Percentage 56.26% 43.14%

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Municipal results

Governor before election

Paul A. Dever

Elected Governor

Paul A. Dever

The 1950 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1950. Democratic incumbent Paul A. Dever defeated Republican Arthur W. Coolidge, Socialist Labor candidate Horace Hillis, and Prohibition candidate Mark R. Shaw.

In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Democratic incumbent Charles F. Sullivan defeated Republican Laurence Curtis and Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder.



Paul Dever ran unopposed for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Incumbent Charles F. "Jeff" Sullivan defeated former Democratic State Committee Chairman John Francis Cahill, Hull selectman William N. Bergan, G. Edward Bradley, and J. Frank Murphy for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor.[1]

Democratic Lt. gubernatorial primary, 1950[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles F. Sullivan 196,638 52.68%
Democratic G. Edward Bradley 55,176 14.78%
Democratic J. Frank Murphy 49,095 13.15%
Democratic John Francis Cahill 47,635 12.76%
Democratic William N. Bergan 24,718 6.62%


Former Lieutenant Governor Arthur W. Coolidge defeated former Massachusetts Attorney General Clarence A. Barnes, Admiral Louis E. Denfeld, District Court Judge Frankland W. L. Miles, former Massachusetts National Guard Commander and Public Safety Commissioner Daniel Needham, and former State Senator Edward Rowe for the Republican nomination for Governor.[2]

Republican gubernatorial primary, 1950[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Arthur W. Coolidge 130,061 35.79%
Republican Louis E. Denfeld 68,560 18.87%
Republican Clarence A. Barnes 60,927 16.77%
Republican Daniel Needham 57,773 15.90%
Republican Frankland W. L. Miles 37,452 10.31%
Republican Edward Rowe 8,609 2.37%

Former Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts Laurence Curtis defeated State Senator Harris S. Richardson, former Governor's Councilor Warren G. Harris, former Beverly Mayor Daniel E. McLean, and Robert W. Welch, Jr. in the Republican Primary.[3]

Republican Lt. gubernatorial primary, 1950[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Laurence Curtis 162,506 46.73%
Republican Robert W. Welch, Jr. 59,073 16.99%
Republican Harris S. Richardson 52,994 15.24%
Republican Daniel E. McLean 40,492 11.64%
Republican Warren G. Harris 32,677 9.40%

General election[edit]


Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1950 [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Paul A. Dever 1,074,570 56.26%
Republican Arthur W. Coolidge 824,069 43.14%
Socialist Labor Horace Hillis 7,806 0.41%
Prohibition Mark R. Shaw 3,716 0.20%

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Massachusetts Lt. gubernatorial election, 1950 [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles F. Sullivan 982,014 52.64%
Republican Laurence Curtis 870,542 46.66%
Socialist Labor Lawrence Gilfedder 13,009 0.70%