Ben H. Watt

Offices

Supt. of Public Instruction
Statewide
In office
Mar 15, 1947 to Mar 15, 1949

Party: Republican
Assumed: General Election
Left: Lost Reelection Bid
Ben H. Watt spent 2 years, 1 day in office in Indiana, all of it at the state level.

Elections

1932–Supt. of Public Instruction LOST
General Election–Tuesday, November 8, 1932
55.06%
George Clarence Cole (i)*, Democratic, 857,931 votes
42.90%
Ben H. Watt, Republican, 668,522 votes
 1.21%
Lilly Miller, Socialist, 18,835 votes
 0.58%
Fred M. Sageser, Prohibition, 9,085 votes
 0.13%
Fidella P. Judd, National, 2,011 votes
 0.12%
Herbert Gale Wise, Socialist Labor, 1,806 votes
Out of 1,558,190 votes casts, the margin of victory was 189,409 (12.16%)
1934–Supt. of Public Instruction LOST
General Election–Tuesday, November 6, 1934
51.42%
Floyd I. McMurray (i)*, Democratic, 740,182 votes
47.49%
Ben H. Watt, Republican, 683,612 votes
 0.64%
Arlington Binford, Socialist, 9,250 votes
 0.35%
Walter H. Brinson, Prohibition, 5,017 votes
 0.09%
Rene Theyssen, Communist, 1,290 votes
Out of 1,439,351 votes casts, the margin of victory was 56,570 (3.93%)
1946–Supt. of Public Instruction WON
General Election–Tuesday, November 5, 1946
55.64%
Ben H. Watt*, Republican, 738,317 votes
42.54%
Edward W. Furnish, Democratic, 564,464 votes
 1.63%
Jasper A. Huffman, Prohibition, 21,646 votes
 0.12%
William Henry Miller, Socialist, 1,540 votes
 0.07%
Slyvia Aron, Communist, 950 votes
Out of 1,326,917 votes casts, the margin of victory was 173,853 (13.10%)
1948–Supt. of Public Instruction LOST
General Election–Tuesday, November 2, 1948
51.16%
Deane E. Walker*, Democratic, 830,812 votes
47.48%
Ben H. Watt (i), Republican, 770,989 votes
 0.86%
Jasper A. Huffman, Prohibition, 14,028 votes
 0.39%
Herman O. Makey, Progressive, 6,407 votes
 0.06%
Milton W. Schowe, Socialist, 980 votes
 0.04%
Michel Devich, Socialist Labor, 595 votes
Out of 1,623,811 votes casts, the margin of victory was 59,823 (3.68%)
In the 4 races we have results for, Ben H. Watt had a record of 1-3. That includes a record of 1-3 in 4 general elections.