Missouri gubernatorial election, 1908

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Missouri gubernatorial election, 1908
1904 ←
November 3, 1908 → 1912

  Herbert S Hadley.jpg Cowhherd-mayor.jpg
Nominee Herbert S. Hadley William S. Cowherd
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 355,932 340,053
Percentage 49.73% 47.51%

Governor before election

Joseph W. Folk

Elected Governor

Herbert S. Hadley

The Missouri gubernatorial election of 1908 was Missouri's twenty-seventh gubernatorial election. The election was held on November 3, 1908 and resulted in a victory for the Republican nominee, Missouri Attorney General Herbert S. Hadley, over the Democratic candidate, former Congressman William S. Cowherd, and several other candidates representing minor parties.

This election broke a string of eleven consecutive Democratic governors,[1] as it was the first election since 1870 which did not result in a victory by the Democratic nominee (no Democrat had run in 1870[2]).


1908 gubernatorial election, Missouri[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Herbert S. Hadley 355,932 49.73 +3.68
Democratic William S. Cowherd 340,053 47.51 -3.22
Socialist William L. Garver 14,505 2.03 +0.32
Prohibition Herman Preston Faris 4,169 0.58 -0.29
Populist William A. Dillon 1,058 0.15 -0.27
Majority 15,879 2.22 -2.45
Turnout 715,720 23.04
Republican gain from Democratic Swing