United States Senate elections, 1894

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United States Senate elections, 1894
United States
1892 ←
1894 → 1896

30 of the 88 seats in the United States Senate
44 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 37 seats 44 seats
Seats before 41 43
Seats won 42 39
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 4

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party Populist Silver
Last election 3 seats 1 seats
Seats before 3 1
Seats won 4 2
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 1

Majority Party before election

Democratic

Elected Majority Party

Republican

William Jennings Bryan as a younger man.

The U.S. Senate election, 1894 was a slight Republican victory. It was a different story in the House where Democrats suffered massive losses. The senators elected went on to serve in the 54th Congress.

Democrat William Jennings Bryan ran for U.S. Senate in Nebraska in 1894, but lost; however, he came back just two years later to win the 1896 Democratic presidential nomination and to win the state of Nebraska in the ensuing Presidential election.

Results[edit]

  • Plurality: Republican: 42
  • Minority: Democrats: 39
  • Other parties: Populist: 4, Silver: 2
  • Total: 88
  • Vacant: 1, due to failure to elect. Later filled by a Democrat

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 D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
P D D D D D D D D D
P
P S 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 V
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
P P P P D D D D D D
S
S 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
P = Populist
R = Republican
S = Silver
V = Vacant
Majority
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