Elmer Austin Benson
American politicianDied when: 89 years 172 days (1073 months)
Star Sign: Libra
Elmer Austin Benson (September 22, 1895 – March 13, 1985) was an American lawyer and politician from Minnesota.In 1935, Benson was appointed to the U.S.
Senate following the death of Thomas Schall.He served as the 24th governor of Minnesota, defeating Republican Martin Nelson in a landslide in Minnesota's 1936 gubernatorial election.
He lost the governorship two years later to Republican Harold Stassen in the 1938 gubernatorial election.
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