United States Senate elections, 1872

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United States Senate elections, 1872
United States
1870 ←
November 1872
→ 1874

? seats in the United States Senate
  Majority party Minority party Third party
 
Party Republican Democratic Liberal Republican
Last election 56 seats 17 seats 1 seat
Seats won 47 19 7
Seat change Decrease 9 Increase 2 Increase 6

Majority Party before election

Republican Party

Elected Majority Party

Republican Party

The United States Senate election of 1872 was an election which had the Republican Party, while still retaining a commanding majority, lose nine seats in the United States Senate, mostly as defections to the Liberal Republican Party. It also coincided with President Ulysses S. Grant's easy re-election.

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

Results[edit]

Senate Party Division, 43rd Congress (1873–1875)

  • Majority Party: Republican (47)
  • Minority Party: Democratic (19)
  • Other Parties: Liberal Republican (7)
  • Vacant: (1)
  • Total Seats: 74

Change in Senate composition[edit]

Before the elections
D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
V V 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
D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D V V 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
 
Key:
D = Democratic
R = Republican
r = Independent Republican
V = Vacant
= Majority divider

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