1958 Massachusetts general election

A Massachusetts general election was held on November 4, 1958 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held on September 9, 1958.

Statewide elections[edit]

United States Senator[edit]

Democrat John F. Kennedy was re-elected over Republican Vincent J. Celeste, Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder, and Prohibition candidate Mark R. Shaw.


Democrat Foster Furcolo was re-elected over Republican Charles Gibbons, Socialist Labor candidate Henning A. Blomen, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams.

George Fingold was the only candidate in the Republican primary, however he died nine days before the primary.[1] Gibbons won the nomination as a write-in candidate.[2]

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Democrat Robert F. Murphy was re-elected Lieutenant Governor over Republican Elmer C. Nelson, Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano, and Prohibition candidate Harold E. Bassett.

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Attorney General George Fingold ran for Governor instead of seeking reelection. He died on August 31, 1958 and Edward J. McCormack Jr., who won the Democratic primary over Endicott Peabody, was chosen by the Massachusetts General Court to finish his term.

McCormack defeated Republican Christian A. Herter Jr., Socialist Workers candidate Charles A. Couper, and Prohibition candidate Gustaf B. Nissan in the general election.

Massachusetts Attorney General Democratic Primary, 1958[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. McCormack Jr. 238,477 54.63%
Democratic Endicott Peabody 198,016 45.37%
Write-in 12 0.00%
Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1958[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. McCormack Jr. 973,303 52.01%
Republican Christian A. Herter Jr. 888,385 47.47%
Socialist Workers Charles A. Couper 6,048 0.32%
Prohibition Gustaf B. Nissan 3,598 0.19%
Write-in 11 0.00%

Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Incumbent Secretary of the Commonwealth Edward J. Cronin defeated Republican Marion Curran Boch, Socialist Labor candidate Fred M. Ingersoll, and Prohibition candidate Julia Kohler in the general election.

Cronin died 20 days after the election.[5]

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1958[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. Cronin 1,136,783 62.38%
Republican Marion Curran Boch 668,217 36.67%
Socialist Workers Fred M. Ingersoll 9,547 0.52%
Prohibition Julia Kohler 7,814 0.43%
Write-in 1 0.00%

Treasurer and Receiver-General[edit]

Incumbent Treasurer and Receiver-General John Francis Kennedy defeated Woburn Mayor William G. Shaughnessy in the Democratic primary and Republican State Senator John Yerxa, Socialist Labor candidate John Erlandsson, and Prohibition candidate Warren Carberg in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Democratic Primary, 1958[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Francis Kennedy 256,155 61.78%
Democratic William G. Shaughnessy 158,447 38.22%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 1958[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Francis Kennedy 1,140,765 62.00%
Republican John Yerxa 684,954 37.23%
Socialist Workers John Erlandsson 7,814 0.42%
Prohibition Warren Carberg 6,382 0.34%
Write-in 25 0.00%


Incumbent Auditor Thomas J. Buckley defeated Republican Thomas H. Adams, Socialist Labor candidate Arne Sortell, and Prohibition candidate John B. Lauder in the general election.

Massachusetts Auditor General Election, 1958[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas J. Buckley 1,150,267 63.26%
Republican Thomas H. Adams 654,808 36.01%
Socialist Workers Arne Sortell 7,698 0.42%
Prohibition John B. Lauder 5,621 0.31%


  1. ^ "George Fingold is Dead at 49. Massachusetts Attorney General; G.O.P.Candidate for Governor Had Campaigned Saturday --Serving Third Term". New York Times. September 1, 1958.
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=570867
  3. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1958. p. 65.
  4. ^ a b c d Massachusetts Election Statistics 1958. p. 5.
  5. ^ "Edward J. Cronin". New York Times. November 25, 1958.
  6. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1958. p. 62.