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Hjalmar Petersen is born in on the island of Fyn in Denmark.

A journalist-turned-politician, Petersen would serve as lieutenant governor for Floyd Olson from 1935-36, and when Olson passed away from cancer, Petersen would be take over as governor on August 24, 1936.

The four months Petersen was the 23rd governor of the state would be the shortest term the position was held in Minnesota history, though he would choose to run for warehouse and railroad commissioner, which he won, rather than attempt to keep the governorship after the four months were up.

He would later be the president of the American Publishing Company, and was defeated in 1940 and 1942 in attempts to once again become governor.

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