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
This is a summary. See the complete results below.

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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