In 1937, a deadlock between liberals and conservatives in the Minnesota legislature stopped Governor Benson from filling four vacancies on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. The inability of the legislature to agree on their own appointments was a partial political boon for Benson, who selected long-term supporters and tipped the board in the favor of his Farmer Labor Party. Because of the inability of the legislature to select regents, Benson could only appoint his choices for two-year, rather than the full six-year terms.
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