1952 Massachusetts general election

A Massachusetts general election was held on November 4, 1952 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held on September 16, 1952.

Statewide elections[edit]


Democrat John F. Kennedy was elected over Republican incumbent Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., Socialist Labor candidate Thelma Ingersoll, and Prohibition candidate Mark R. Shaw.


Republican Christian A. Herter was elected over Democratic incumbent Paul A. Dever,Peace Progressive candidate Florence H. Luscomb, Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Republican Sumner G. Whittier was elected Lieutenant Governor over Democratic incumbent Charles F. Sullivan, Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano, and Prohibition candidate William R. Ferry.

Attorney General[edit]

Republican George Fingold was elected Attorney General over Democratic incumbent Francis E. Kelly, Socialist Workers candidate Arthur W. Blomen, and Prohibition candidate Howard B. Rand in the general election.

Massachusetts Attorney General Democratic Primary, 1952[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Francis E. Kelly 204,155 46.35%
Democratic Robert T. Capeless 87,968 19.97%
Democratic John V. Moran 75,252 17.09%
Democratic George Leary 73,082 16.59%
Write-in 4 0.00%
Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1952[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican George Fingold 1,305,185 57.40%
Democratic Francis E. Kelly 950,351 41.80%
Socialist Workers Arthur W. Blomen 9,501 0.42%
Prohibition Howard B. Rand 8,795 0.39%
Write-in 11 0.00%

Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Incumbent Secretary of the Commonwealth Edward J. Cronin defeated Republican Beatrice Hancock Mullaney, Socialist Labor candidate Fred M. Ingersoll, and Prohibition candidate Alice M. Ferry in the general election.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1952[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. Cronin 1,147,881 50.75%
Republican Beatrice Hancock Mullaney 1,088,629 48.13%
Socialist Workers Fred M. Ingersoll 13,499 0.60%
Prohibition Alice M. Ferry 11,926 0.53%
Write-in 2 0.00%

Treasurer and Receiver-General[edit]

Incumbent Treasurer and Receiver-General Foster Furcolo defeated former state senator William R. Conley, former state representative Alexander F. Sullivan, former Boston Housing Authority chairman Cornelius P. Cronin, state public works employee James E. V. Donelan, Gillette stockroom supervisor John Francis Kennedy, and Jeremiah F. Murphy Jr. in Democratic primary and Republican Roy C. Papalia, Socialist Labor candidate Henning A. Blomen, and Prohibition candidate Harold J. Ireland in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Democratic Primary, 1952[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Foster Furcolo 169,156 39.30%
Democratic John Francis Kennedy 86,536 20.11%
Democratic Cornelius P. Cronin 66,337 15.41%
Democratic William R. Conley 34,205 7.95%
Democratic Alexander F. Sullivan 30,708 7.14%
Democratic James E. V. Donelan 26,389 6.13%
Democratic Jeremiah F. Murphy Jr. 18,077 3.97%
Write-in 3 0.00%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Republican Primary, 1952[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roy C. Papalia 234,841 58.79%
Republican Fred J. Burrell 164,582 41.20%
Write-in 5 0.00%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 1952[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Foster Furcolo 1,154,057 51.03%
Republican Roy C. Papalia 1,083,530 47.91%
Prohibition Harold J. Ireland 13,037 0.58%
Socialist Workers Henning A. Blomen 10,824 0.48%
Write-in 4 0.00%


Incumbent Auditor Thomas J. Buckley defeated Republican David J. Mintz, Socialist Labor candidate Anthony Martin, and Prohibition candidate Robert A. Simmons in the general election.

Massachusetts Auditor Election, 1952[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas J. Buckley 1,206,665 53.32%
Republican David J. Mintz 1,037,597 45.85%
Socialist Workers Anthony Martin 11,735 0.52%
Prohibition Robert A. Simmons 7,086 0.31%
Write-in 2 0.00%