United States Senate elections, 1870

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United States Senate elections, 1870
United States
1868 ←
November 1870 → 1872

? seats in the United States Senate
  Majority party Minority party Third party
 
Party Republican Democratic Liberal Republican
Last election 62 seats 12 seats 0
Seats won 56 17 1
Seat change Decrease 6 Increase 5 Increase 1

Majority Party before election

Republican Party

Elected Majority Party

Republican Party

In the United States Senate election of 1870, the Republican Party lost six seats in the United States Senate, though it still retained an overwhelming majority.

As this election was prior to ratification of the seventeenth amendment, Senators were chosen or elected by State legislatures.

That election marked the first time that, with Mississippian Hiram Rhodes Revels, an African American was elected as a US senator and became a member of Congress.[1]

In Georgia, Foster Blodgett was elected and presented his credentials as Senator-elect, but the Senate declared him not elected.

Results[edit]

Senate Party Division, 42nd Congress (1871–1873)

  • Majority Party: Republican (55)
  • Minority Party: Democratic (16)
  • Other Parties: Liberal Republican (1)
  • Vacant: (2)
  • Total Seats: 74

Change in Senate composition[edit]

Before the elections
D D D D D D D
R R R R R D D D D D
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R
R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R
In the next Congress
V D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
L R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R
R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
V R R R R R R
Key:
D = Democratic
L = Liberal Republican
R = Republican
V = Vacant
Majority
divider

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts & Milestones". United States Senate. 

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