French legislative election, 1820

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French legislative election, 1820
Bourbon Restoration
← 1816 4–13 November 1820 1824 →

All 434 seats of the Chamber of Deputies
218 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Élie, comte Decazes.jpg Villèle.jpg
Leader Élie Decazes Jean-Baptiste de Villèle
Party Doctrinaires Ultras
Leader's seat Seine Haute-Garonne
Seats won 194 160
Popular vote 42,300 34,780
Percentage 44.7% 36.9%

French National Assembly 1820.svg
Composition of the Chamber of Deputies

Prime Minister before election

The Duke of Richelieu

Elected Prime Minister

The Duke of Richelieu

The 1820 general election organized the second legislature of the Second Restoration. The election was held on 4 and 13 November.


Only citizens paying taxes were eligible to vote. All electors elected three-fifths of all deputies in the first round. In the second round, the most heavily taxed voted again to elect the remaining two-fifths of deputies.


Party Leader Votes  % Seats
  Doctrinaires Élie Decazes 42,300 44.7% 194
  Ultra-royalists Jean-Baptiste de Villèle 34,780 36.9% 160
  Liberal Left Benjamin Constant 16,920 18.4% 80
Total 94,000[1] 100% 434