Missouri gubernatorial election, 1860

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Missouri gubernatorial election, 1860
1857 (special) ←
August 6, 1860
→ 1864

  Claiborne fox jackson.jpg Hancock Lee Jackson.jpg
Nominee Claiborne Fox Jackson Sample Orr Hancock Lee Jackson
Party Democratic Constitutional Union Southern Democratic
Popular vote 74,446 66,583 11,415
Percentage 46.95% 41.99% 7.20%

Governor before election

Robert Marcellus Stewart

Elected Governor

Claiborne Fox Jackson

The Missouri gubernatorial election of 1860 was the thirteenth such election in Missouri's history. It was held on August 6, 1860, and resulted in a victory for the Democratic nominee, Claiborne Fox Jackson. Jackson defeated the nominee of the Constitutional Union Party, Sample Orr, and Southern "Brekenridge" Democrat Former Gov. Hancock Lee Jackson to become the fifteenth governor of Missouri. Republican James B. Gardenhire also ran in the election, but received a negligible amount of votes.

Before the next election in 1864, three men would serve as Governor of Missouri: first, Claiborne Fox Jackson until his defection to the Confederacy in July 1861, then Hamilton Rowan Gamble until his death in January 1864, and finally Lt. Gov Willard Preble Hall.[1]


1860 gubernatorial election, Missouri[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claiborne Fox Jackson 74,446 46.95 -3.23
Constitutional Union Sample Orr 66,583 41.99 +41.99
Southern Democratic Hancock Lee Jackson 11,415 7.20 +7.20
Republican James B. Gardenhire 6,135 3.87 +3.87
Majority 7,863 4.96 +4.60
Turnout 158,579 13.42
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ "SOS, Missouri - State Archives: Governors". Sos.mo.gov. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  2. ^ "MO Governor Race - Aug 06, 1860". Our Campaigns. 2005-03-08. Retrieved 2013-03-22.