Elmer A. Benson

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Hon. Elmer A. Benson was Governor of Minnesota.

Communist gathering

Many comrades have fond memories of Helen Leiviska Kruth and Helvi Savola during this time. One instance was at a historic gathering in 1977 at Mesaba Park to recognize Minnesota Congressperson John T. Bernard. Representative Bernard, from the 8th Congressional District in the Iron Range (1937–39), was the only legislator who voted to continue to send armaments to Republican Spain. He was also famous for ensuring that the last ship carrying weapons to Republican Spain delivered its cargo by debating against the arms embargo until the ship was safely out of U.S. territorial waters. Present at this Mesaba Park event was Congressperson John T. Bernard, Governor Elmer A. Benson, General Secretary Gus Hall, Helen, Helvi, and many veterans from the Spanish Civil War.

National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee

As of May 1964, Elmer A. Benson, Former Governor of Minnesota, was listed as a sponsor of the Communist Party USA front, National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 Elmer Benson was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.[1]

American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born

In the late 1960s Elmer Benson was listed as a Sponsor of American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born[2].

American-Korean Friendship and Information Center

On Feb. 27, 1971, Elmer A. Benson, former Governor of Minnesota, was listed as an initiating sponsor of the American-Korean Friendship and Information Center. The Center, a front for the Communist Party USA, was established to promote the withdrawal of US troops from South Korea and Vietnam.[3]

"A letter to Congress" on North Korea

In 1974, approximately 50 prominent, mainly Communist Party USA aligned leftists, signed a "Letter to Congress" on the situation regarding North Korea.

"For a quarter of a century the people of all Korea have needed such a peace agreement. The American People are ready for it. The People of the world deserve it. Peaceful coexistence must replace war and the threat of war. Negotiations must replace confrontation."
"Therefore, we the undersigned, concerned about the dangerous conditions in Korea earnestly appeal to you, and to all peace-minded Americans to join together in combining our reason and our political influence to secure the peaceful resolution of this problem."

The letter to Congress was in response to a March 25th, 1974 letter from the Supreme Peoples Assembly of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to the United States Congress.

The signatories which included Elmer Benson Former Governor of Minnesota, urged Congress to act on North Korea's Concerns.[4]



  1. Dinner Program for the Herbert Aptheke Dinner, April 28, 1966
  2. ACFPFB Letterhead, undated Hugh DeLacy paper Acc 3915,Box 3 Folder 20
  3. Full-page advert in unknown newspaper, Feb. 27, 1971
  4. Letter to Congress undated 1974 Hugh DeLacy papers Accession Number 3915 Box Number 9 Folder Number 2