1872 West Virginia gubernatorial election

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West Virginia gubernatorial election, 1872
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  GovernorJacob.gif Johnson N. Camden.jpg
Nominee John J. Jacob Johnson N. Camden
Party People's Independent Democratic
Popular vote 42,888 40,305
Percentage 51.55% 48.45%

Governor before election

John J. Jacob

Elected Governor

John J. Jacob
People's Independent

The 1872 West Virginia gubernatorial election took place on October 8, 1872, to elect the governor of West Virginia.

Incumbent John Jeremiah Jacob was denied renomination by the Democratic Party, which was controlled by Camden. Jacob ran on the ad hoc "People's Independent" ticket with Republican support. He was re-elected by 2400 votes for a four-year term.[1] Camden's men controlled the legislature, and passed "ripper" laws that stripped Jacob of his appointment powers.

West Virginia began electing its governor to a 4-year term, starting this election. Previously the governor was elected to a 2-year term.


West Virginia gubernatorial election, 1872[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
People's Independent John J. Jacob 42,888 51.55
Democratic Johnson N. Camden 40,305 48.45
Total votes 83,193 100
People's Independent gain from Democratic


  1. ^ Richard E. Fast, The history and government of West Virginia (1901) p 181
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - WV Governor Race - Oct 8, 1872". Retrieved October 16, 2016.