Illinois gubernatorial election, 1846

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1846
← 1842 August 3, 1842 1848 →
Nominee Augustus C. French Thomas M. Kilpatrick Richard Eels
Party Democratic Whig Liberty
Running mate Joseph Wells Unknown
Popular vote 58,657 37,033 5,154
Percentage 58.20% 36.69% 5.11%

Governor before election

Thomas Ford

Elected Governor

Augustus C. French

The Illinois gubernatorial election of 1842 was the eighth quadrennial election for this office. Democrat Augustus C. French defeated Whig nominee Thomas M. Kilpatrick,for the office. Richard Eels of the Liberty Party came in a distant third. The term was cut short, and lasted only half the normal length. This synchronized the gubernatorial election with the election for President.


1846 gubernatorial election, Illinois
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Augustus C. French 58,657 58.20% +4.68%
Whig Thomas M. Kilpatrick 37,033 36.69% -8.74%
Liberty Richard Eels 5,154 5.11% +4.07%
Majority 21,624 21.51% N/A
Turnout 100,844 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing


  • Illinois Blue Book 1899