West Virginia gubernatorial election, 1888

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West Virginia gubernatorial election, 1888
← 1884 November 6, 1888 1892 →
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Nominee Aretas B. Fleming Nathan Goff Jr.
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 78,798 78,904
Percentage 49.21% 49.27%

Governor before election

Emanuel Willis Wilson

Elected Governor

Aretas B. Fleming

The 1888 West Virginia gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 1888, to elect the governor of West Virginia.

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia ruled that outgoing governor Emmanuel Willis Wilson would remain Governor; State Senate President Robert S. Carr had claimed authority until the Court reached its decision. In 1890, the Legislature agreed that Fleming had defeated Nathan Goff, Jr. As a result, Fleming did not assume the office until February 6, 1890.[1]


West Virginia gubernatorial election, 1888[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Aretas B. Fleming 78,798 49.21
Republican Nathan Goff Jr. 78,904 49.27
Other Others 2,437 1.52
Total votes 160,139 100
Democratic hold


  1. ^ West Virginia Archives & History: Emanuel Willis Wilson
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - WV Governor Race - Nov 06, 1888". Retrieved May 31, 2016.

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