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1956 Massachusetts general election

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A Massachusetts general election was held on November 6, 1956 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held on September 18, 1956.

Statewide elections


Democrat Foster Furcolo was elected over Republican Sumner G. Whittier, Socialist Labor candidate Henning A. Blomen, and Prohibition candidate Mark R. Shaw.

Lieutenant Governor

Democrat Robert F. Murphy was elected Lieutenant Governor over Republican Charles Gibbons, Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano, and Prohibition candidate Harold E. Bassett.

Attorney General

Republican Attorney General George Fingold was re-elected over Democrat Edward J. McCormack Jr., Socialist Workers candidate Fred M. Ingersol, and Prohibition candidate Howard Rand in the general election.

Massachusetts Attorney General Democratic Primary, 1956[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. McCormack Jr. 250,916 55.17%
Democratic Joseph D. Ward 203,923 44.83%
Write-in 7 0.00%
Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1956[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican George Fingold 1,152,348 50.58%
Democratic Edward J. McCormack Jr. 1,113,105 48.86%
Socialist Workers Fred M. Ingersoll 7,983 0.35%
Prohibition Howard Rand 4,779 0.20%
Write-in 7 0.00%

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Incumbent Secretary of the Commonwealth Edward J. Cronin defeated Republican Senate President Richard I. Furbush, Prohibition candidate Earl Dodge, and Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder in the general election.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Democratic Primary, 1956[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. Cronin 366,019 83.79%
Democratic Robert Emmet Dinsmore 70,813 16.21%
Write-in 1 0.00%
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1956[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. Cronin 1,196,746 53.40%
Republican Richard I. Furbush 1,025,295 45.75%
Prohibition Earl Dodge 10,030 0.45%
Socialist Workers Lawrence Gilfedder 9,181 0.41%
Write-in 5 0.00%

Treasurer and Receiver-General

Incumbent Treasurer and Receiver-General John Francis Kennedy defeated Norwood Selectman Clement A. Riley, John F. Buckley, John M. Kennedy, and Henry Joseph Hurley in the Democratic primary and Republican Robert H. Beaudreau, Socialist Labor candidate Willy N. Hogseth, and Prohibition candidate Isaac Goddard in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Democratic Primary, 1956[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Francis Kennedy 186,382 40.83%
Democratic Clement A. Riley 127,242 27.87%
Democratic John F. Buckley 72,019 15.79%
Democratic John M. Kennedy 43,925 9.62%
Democratic Henry Joseph Hurley 26,881 5.89%
Write-in 1 0.00%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 1956[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Francis Kennedy 1,196,626 53.04%
Republican Robert H. Beaudreau 1,043,812 46.26%
Socialist Workers Willy N. Hogseth 7,970 0.35%
Prohibition Issac Goddard 7,887 0.35%
Write-in 5 0.00%


Incumbent Auditor Thomas J. Buckley defeated Republican Joseph A. Nobile, Socialist Labor candidate Anthony Martin, and Prohibition candidate John B. Lauder in the general election.

Massachusetts Auditor Election, 1956[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas J. Buckley 1,278,635 57.19%
Republican Joseph A. Nobile 937,570 41.94%
Socialist Workers Anthony Martin 13,353 0.60%
Prohibition John B. Lauder 6,153 0.28%
Write-in 4 0.00%


  1. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1956. p. 247.
  2. ^ a b c d Massachusetts Election Statistics 1956. p. 5.
  3. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1956. p. 233.
  4. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1956. p. 238.
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