This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: September 22

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1895

Elmer A. Benson is born in Appleton. He would serve as governor from 1937 to 1939, representing the Farmer-Labor Party. Under his watch, the state's first workers' compensation law would be passed. His sympathy for communist principles would lead to distrust among members of his party, but he would retain control of the Farmer-Labor Party until 1944, when it merged with the Democratic Party. Increasingly radical, Benson would become a marginal figure in politics and return to farm in Appleton until his death on March 13, 1985.

1968

Cesar Tovar plays all nine positions during a Twins game.