Missouri gubernatorial election, 1856

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Missouri gubernatorial election, 1856
Missouri
1852 ←
August 4, 1856 → 1857 (special)

  TPolk.jpg Thomas Hart Benton (senator).jpg
Nominee Trusten Polk Robert C. Ewing Thomas H. Benton
Party Democratic American Independent
Popular vote 46,993 40,589 27,618
Percentage 40.79% 35.23% 23.97%

Governor before election

Sterling Price
Democratic

Elected Governor

Trusten Polk
Democratic

The Missouri gubernatorial election of 1856 was Missouri's eleventh gubernatorial election. In the election, which was held on August 2, 1852, the Democratic nominee, Trusten Polk, defeated Know-Nothing candidate Robert C. Ewing (running under the American Party label), and former Senator Thomas H. Benton. Benton ran as an Independent Democrat under the label "Benton Democrat."

In February 1857, Trusten Polk would be elected to the United States Senate; he therefore resigned the governorship, was replaced by Lt. Gov. Hancock Lee Jackson, and forced a special election to be called for August 1857 to fill the remainder of the term.[1]

Results[edit]

1856 gubernatorial election, Missouri[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Trusten Polk 46,993 40.79 -17.93
American Robert C. Ewing 40,589 35.23 +35.23
Benton Democrat Thomas H. Benton 27,618 23.97 +23.97
Majority 6,404 5.56 -11.88
Turnout 115,200 16.89
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SOS, Missouri - State Archives: Governors". Sos.mo.gov. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  2. ^ "MO Governor Race - Aug 04, 1856". Our Campaigns. 2005-03-08. Retrieved 2013-03-22.