Farm-Labor Party

   The Farm-Labor Party was a third party formed in 1919 by John Fitzpatrick and members of the Committee of Forty-Eight, a group of progressives led by Amos Pinchot in an attempt to unite farmers and the labor movement under a reform program. The party first nominated Robert M. La Follette Jr. as their presidential candidate, but when he rejected the nomination, the party turned to Parley P. Christensen of Utah. In the 1920 election, he received 260,000 votes. In 1924 the Farm-Labor Party supported La Follette’s Progressive Party. By the mid-1920s, the party was only the Minnesota Farm-Labor Party, and in 1930 their candidate, Floyd Olson, was elected state governor. The party supported the New Deal and defeated the local Republicans until 1938. In the 1940s, the Minnesota party merged with the Democrats to form the Democratic- Framer-Labor Party of Minnesota.

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