Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1948

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Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1948
← 1946 November 2, 1948 1950 →
  PaulADever.jpg Robert F. Bradford (Massachusetts Governor).jpg
Nominee Paul A. Dever Robert F. Bradford
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,239,247 849,895
Percentage 59.03% 40.49%

Governor before election

Robert F. Bradford

Elected Governor

Paul A. Dever

The 1948 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1948. Democrat Paul A. Dever defeated Republican incumbent Robert F. Bradford, Socialist Labor candidate Horace Hillis, and Prohibition candidate Mark R. Shaw.

In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Charles F. Sullivan defeated Republican incumbent Arthur W. Coolidge, Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams.



Former Massachusetts Attorney General and 1946 Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor Paul A. Dever defeated former Governor Maurice J. Tobin for the Democratic nomination.[1] Tobin had ceased campaigning after he was appointed United States Secretary of Labor.

Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1948[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Paul A. Dever 221,727 76.65%
Democratic Maurice J. Tobin 67,555 23.35%

Worcester Mayor Charles F. "Jeff" Sullivan defeated Benedict FitzGerald and Edward P. Barry for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor.[2]

Democratic Lt. gubernatorial primary, 1948[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles F. Sullivan 127,948 48.05%
Democratic Benedict FitzGerald 99,712 37.44%
Democratic Edward P. Barry 38,637 14.51%


Governor Robert F. Bradford defeated State Senator Edward Rowe in the Republican primary.[3]

Republican gubernatorial primary, 1948[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert F. Bradford 210,574 82.86%
Republican Edward Rowe 43,545 17.14%

Lieutenant Governor Arthur W. Coolidge ran unopposed in the Republican Primary.

General election[edit]


Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1948 [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Paul A. Dever 1,239,247 59.03%
Republican Robert F. Bradford 849,895 40.49%
Socialist Labor Horace Hillis 7,259 0.35%
Prohibition Mark R. Shaw 2,841 0.14%

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Massachusetts Lt. gubernatorial election, 1948 [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles F. Sullivan 1,163,041 56.69%
Republican Arthur W. Coolidge 870,864 42.45%
Socialist Labor Lawrence Gilfedder 12,127 0.59%
Prohibition Guy S. Williams 5,457 0.27%