United States House of Representatives elections, 1902
Elections to the United States House of Representatives in 1902 occurred in the middle of President Theodore Roosevelt's first term, about a year after the assassination of President William McKinley in September 1901.
Due to the increased size of the House and the reapportionment that resulted from the 1900 U.S. Census, both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party gained seats simultaneously, which has not occurred in any future elections to date. The Democrats increased their share of the House, but not by enough to regain control. With a stable economy and no cornerstone issue, Democratic gains can mostly be linked to the effects of redistricting. Many of the new seats were in areas that featured a high number of immigrants, either Eastern and Southern Europeans industrial workers or Northern European farmers. New immigrant groups trended Democratic. The Populist Party disappeared from the House, with its supporters almost unanimously switching to the Democratic Party. Notable freshmen included future Vice President and Speaker John Nance Garner (D-Texas).
This election marked the third and most recent time in American history where the incumbent President's party gained House seats in a midterm election while still losing seats in the Senate, the first two being in 1814 and 1822.
29 new seats were added in reapportionment following the 1900 Census. No states lost seats, 16 had no change in apportionment, 14 gained 1 seat, 3 gained 2 seats, and 3 gained 3 seats. Two of the states that gained representation elected the new seat at-large.
|State||Type||Total seats||Republican||Democratic||Silver Republican|
|North Dakota||District[Note 6]||2||1||2||1||0||0|
The previous election had 5 Populists, but the party completely disappeared from the U.S. House in the 1902 elections.
Early election dates
In 1902, three states, with 8 seats among them, held elections early:
|California 1||Samuel D. Woods
Redistricted from the 2nd district
|James N. Gillett (R) 50.5%
Thomas S. Ford (D) 46.7%
M. E. Shore (S) 1.9%
W. O. Clark (Pr) 0.9%
|California 2||Frank Coombs
Redistricted from the 1st district
|Theodore A. Bell (D) 49.2%
Frank Coombs (R) 48.3%
G. H. Rogers (S) 1.7%
W. P. Fassett (Pr) 0.8%
|California 3||Victor H. Metcalf||Republican||1898||Re-elected||Victor H. Metcalf (R) 66.2%
Calvin B. White (D) 27.7%
M. W. Wilkins (S) 5%
T. H. Montgomery (Pr) 1.1%
|California 4||Julius Kahn||Republican||1898||Lost re-election
|Edward J. Livernash (D) 49.2%
Julius Kahn (R) 48.7%
William Costley (S) 1.9%
Joseph Rowell (Pr) 0.2%
|California 5||Eugene F. Loud||Republican||1890||Lost re-election
|William J. Wynn (D) 56.5%
Eugene F. Loud (R) 41.2%
Joseph Lawrence (S) 1.5%
Frank W. Caton (Pr) 0.7%
|California 6||James C. Needham
Redistricted from the 7th district
|Republican||1898||Re-elected||James C. Needham (R) 53.5%
Gaston N. Ashe (D) 42.5%
J. L. Cobb (S) 2.5%
L. C. Jolley (Pr) 1.4%
|California 7||James McLachlan
Redistricted from the 6th district
|Republican||1900||Re-elected||James McLachlan (R) 64.8%
Carl A. Johnson (D) 27%
George H. Hewes (S) 4.2%
Frederick F. Wheeler (Pr) 4%
|California 8||None (District created)||New district
|Milton J. Daniels (R) 51.9%
William E. Smythe (D) 40.8%
Noble A. Richardson (S) 5.4%
Ellsworth Leonardson (Pr) 2%
|Florida 1||Stephen M. Sparkman||Democratic||1894||Re-elected||Stephen M. Sparkman (D) 100%|
|Florida 2||Robert Wyche Davis||Democratic||1896||Re-elected||Robert Wyche Davis (D) 100%|
|Florida 3||None (District created)||Democratic win||William B. Lamar (D) 100%|
|South Carolina 1||William Elliott||Democratic||1886
|Retired to run for the Senate
|George Swinton Legaré (D) 95.5%
Aaron P. Prioleau (R) 4.5%
|South Carolina 2||W. Jasper Talbert||Democratic||1892||Retired to run for Governor
|George W. Croft (D) 94.9%
W. S. Dixon (R) 5.0%
|South Carolina 3||Asbury Latimer||Democratic||1892||Retired to run for the Senate
|Wyatt Aiken (D) 98.9%
John Scott (R) 1.1%
|South Carolina 4||Joseph T. Johnson||Democratic||1900||Re-elected||Joseph T. Johnson (D) 98.7%
L. W. C. Blalock (R) 1.3%
|South Carolina 5||David E. Finley||Democratic||1898||Re-elected||David E. Finley (D) 99.3%
C. P. T. White (R) 0.7%
|South Carolina 6||Robert B. Scarborough||Democratic||1900||Re-elected||Robert B. Scarborough (D) 100%|
|South Carolina 7||Asbury F. Lever||Democratic||1901 (special)||Re-elected||Asbury F. Lever (D) 96.2%
Alexander D. Dantzler (R) 3.8%
- Three states held early elections between June 2 and September 18.
- Additional seat elected at-large due to State delaying redistricting.
- Previous election had 1 Populist.
- Elections held early.
- Previous election had 2 Populists.
- Changed from at-large.
- At-large seats eliminated in redistricting.
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