1848 Illinois gubernatorial election

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1848

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Nominee Augustus C. French W. L. D. Morrison Charles V. Dyer
Party Democratic Whig Free Soil
Running mate Joseph Wells Unknown Henry H. Snow[1]
Popular vote 67,828 5,659 4,692
Percentage 86.76% 7.24% 6.00%

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County Results

French:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%      90-100%
Morrison:      40-50%      50-60%
Unknown/No Vote:      

Governor before election

Augustus C. French

Elected Governor

Augustus C. French

The Illinois gubernatorial election of 1848 was the ninth election for this office. Democratic governor Augustus C. French was easily re-elected. This was the first gubernatorial election in Illinois that was held on the same date as the United States presidential election.

This was the first election in which any governor was elected to a second term. The Illinois Constitution of 1818, which had been replaced this same year, prohibited more than one consecutive term as governor, and Thomas Duncan was the only governor ever to attempt a second term, though it was not consecutive.

At this time in Illinois history the Lieutenant Governor was elected on a separate ballot from the governor. This would remain so until the 1970 constitution.


1848 gubernatorial election, Illinois
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Augustus C. French 67,828 86.76% +28.56%
Whig W. L. D. Morrison 5,659 7.24% -29.45%
Free Soil Charles V. Dyer 4,692 6.00% +6.00%
Majority 62,169 79.52% N/A
Turnout 78,179 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ Theodore Clarke Smith (1897), The Liberty and Free Soil Parties in the Northwest, p. 135
  • Illinois Blue Book 1899