United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1892

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The 1892 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 8, 1892 to select seven Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. Two Democratic incumbents were re-elected, four open seats were won by the Democrats and the open seat in the 7th congressional district was picked up by the Republicans. The composition of the state delegation after the election was six Democrats and one Republican.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman William H. Brawley of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1891, defeated J. William Stokes in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
William H. Brawley 6,328 53.6
J. William Stokes 5,486 46.4


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1892
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William H. Brawley (incumbent) 6,318 99.8 +15.6
No party Write-Ins 15 0.2 +0.1
Majority 6,303 99.6 +31.1
Turnout 6,333
  Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman George D. Tillman of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1883, was defeated in the Democratic primary by W. Jasper Talbert. He was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
George D. Tillman 4,642 39.6
W. Jasper Talbert 3,979 34.0
Robert Aldrich 2,745 23.4
John T. Gaston 356 3.0
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
W. Jasper Talbert 5,652 56.1 +22.1
George D. Tillman 4,416 43.9 +4.3


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1892
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic W. Jasper Talbert 8,001 99.6 +14.1
No party Write-Ins 30 0.4 +0.2
Majority 7,971 99.2 +28.0
Turnout 8,031
  Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman George Johnstone of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1891, was defeated in the Democratic primary by Asbury Latimer. He defeated John R. Tolbert in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Asbury Latimer 7,355 52.8
George Johnstone 6,566 47.2


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1892
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Asbury Latimer 8,330 91.2 -0.2
Republican John R. Tolbert 787 8.6 +0.4
No party Write-Ins 17 0.2 -0.2
Majority 7,543 82.6 -0.6
Turnout 9,134
  Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman George W. Shell of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1891, defeated Joseph T. Johnson in the Democratic primary and Republican Joshua A.T. Ensor in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
George W. Shell 10,585 59.5
Joseph T. Johnson 7,219 40.5


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1892
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic George W. Shell (incumbent) 10,401 85.7 +3.8
Republican Joshua A.T. Ensor 1,730 14.3 -3.5
No party Write-Ins 6 0.0 -0.3
Majority 8,671 71.4 +7.3
Turnout 12,137
  Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John J. Hemphill of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1883, was defeated in the Democratic primary by Thomas J. Strait. He defeated Republican challenger E. Brooks Sligh in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Thomas J. Strait 6,141 50.7
John J. Hemphill 5,968 49.3


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1892
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Thomas J. Strait 8,791 80.7 -6.4
Republican E. Brooks Sligh 2,099 19.3 +7.1
Majority 6,692 61.4 -13.5
Turnout 10,890
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District Special Election[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Eli T. Stackhouse of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1891, died on June 14, 1892 during the Democratic primary campaign. A special election for the remainder of the term was called to be held simultaneously with the regular election. The South Carolina Democratic Party decided that the winner of the primary election would be their candidate for both the special and regular elections. John L. McLaurin won the primary and defeated Republican challenger E.J. Sawyer in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
John L. McLaurin 8,269 61.2
Jeremiah Smith 4,941 36.6
L.S. Bigham 297 2.2


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Special Election Results, 1892
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John L. McLaurin 8,572 90.2 +11.4
Republican E.J. Sawyer 934 9.8 -10.7
Majority 7,638 80.4 +22.1
Turnout 9,506
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

John L. McLaurin, winner of the Democratic primary for both the special and regular election of the 6th congressional district, defeated Republican challenger E.J. Sawyer in the general election to win the term for the 53rd Congress.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1892
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John L. McLaurin 10,133 84.6 -5.6
Republican E.J. Sawyer 1,832 15.3 +5.5
No party Write-Ins 12 0.1 +0.1
Majority 8,301 69.3 -11.1
Turnout 11,977
  Democratic hold

7th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman William Elliott of the 7th congressional district, in office since 1891, declined to seek re-election. Republican George W. Murray defeated Democratic challenger E.W. Moise in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
E.W. Moise 3,607 53.0
W.H. Heyward 3,196 47.0


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Election Results, 1892
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican George W. Murray 4,995 50.0 +11.2
Democratic E.W. Moise 4,955 49.6 +5.2
No party Write-Ins 42 0.4 +0.1
Majority 40 0.4 -5.2
Turnout 9,992
  Republican gain from Democratic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. pp. 96, 100, 103, 109, 113, 117, 122. 
  • "Report of the State Board of Canvassers of the Result of the General Election, Held November 8, 1892." Reports and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina at the Regular Session Commencing November 22, 1892. Volume I. Columbia, SC: Charles A. Calvo, Jr., 1892, pp. 550–551.