United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1890

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The 1890 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 4, 1890 to select seven Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. Two Democratic incumbents were re-elected, one Republican incumbent was defeated, and the four open seats were retained by the Democrats. The composition of the state delegation after the election was solely Democratic.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Samuel Dibble of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1883, declined to seek re-election. William H. Brawley was nominated by the Democrats and he defeated Republican challenger William D. Crum in the general election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1890
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William H. Brawley 7,249 84.2 -2.5
Republican William D. Crum 1,349 15.7 +2.6
No party Write-Ins 14 0.1 -0.1
Majority 5,900 68.5 -5.1
Turnout 8,612
  Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman George D. Tillman of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1883, defeated Republican challenger Seymour E. Smith.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1890
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic George D. Tillman (incumbent) 9,956 85.5 -1.3
Republican Seymour E. Smith 1,671 14.3 +2.9
No party Write-Ins 18 0.2 -1.6
Majority 8,285 71.2 -4.2
Turnout 11,645
  Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman James S. Cothran of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1887, declined to seek re-election. George Johnstone won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican John R. Tolbert in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
D.K. Norris 4,794 48.9
George Johnstone 2,380 24.3
W.C. Benet 1,865 19.1
R.E. Bowen 550 5.6
Orville Calhoun 208 2.1
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
George Johnstone 5,553 50.1 +25.8
D.K. Norris 5,529 49.9 +1.0


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1890
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic George Johnstone 8,942 91.4 -8.4
Republican John R. Tolbert 803 8.2 +8.2
No party Write-Ins 34 0.4 +0.2
Majority 8,139 83.2 -16.4
Turnout 9,779
  Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman William H. Perry of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1885, declined to seek re-election. George W. Shell won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican J.F. Ensor in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
George W. Shell 5,140 41.9
David Duncan 4,927 40.2
Robert M. Smith 815 6.7
W.L. Mauldin 808 6.6
Isaac G. McKissick 569 4.6


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1890
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic George W. Shell 10,372 81.9 -18.0
Republican J.F. Ensor 2,258 17.8 +17.8
No party Write-Ins 32 0.3 +0.2
Majority 8,114 64.1 -35.7
Turnout 12,662
  Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John J. Hemphill of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1883, defeated Republican challenger G.G. Alexander.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1890
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John J. Hemphill (incumbent) 9,432 87.1 -12.6
Republican G.G. Alexander 1,321 12.2 +12.2
No party Write-Ins 75 0.7 +0.4
Majority 8,111 74.9 -24.5
Turnout 10,828
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman George W. Dargan of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1883, declined to seek re-election. Eli T. Stackhouse was nominated by the Democrats and defeated Republican challenger Edmund H. Deas.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1890
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Eli T. Stackhouse 9,022 78.8 -16.9
Republican Edmund H. Deas 2,352 20.5 +20.5
No party Write-Ins 79 0.7 -3.6
Majority 6,670 58.3 -33.1
Turnout 11,453
  Democratic hold

7th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Thomas E. Miller of the 7th congressional district, in office since 1890, was defeated by Democratic challenger William Elliott.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Election Results, 1890
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William Elliott 3,792 44.4 -9.7
Republican Thomas E. Miller (incumbent) 3,315 38.8 -6.6
Independent Republican E.M. Brayton 1,410 16.5 +16.5
No party Write-Ins 26 0.3 -0.2
Majority 477 5.6 -3.1
Turnout 8,543
  Democratic gain from Republican

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. pp. 103, 108–109. 
  • "Supplemental Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina." Reports and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina at the Regular Session Commencing November 25, 1890. Volume I. Columbia, SC: James H. Woodrow, 1891, pp. 609–612.