1820 Delaware gubernatorial special election

The 1820 Delaware gubernatorial special election was held on October 3, 1820. The winner of the 1819 gubernatorial election, Henry Molleston, died before assuming office, elevating State Senate Speaker Jacob Stout to the governorship and triggering an election in 1820. However, the election was not just for the remainder of Molleston's term, but instead for a full three-year term.[1]

1820 Delaware gubernatorial special election

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Nominee John Collins Jesse Green
Party Democratic-Republican Federalist
Popular vote 3,970 3,520
Percentage 53.00% 47.00%

Governor before election

Jacob Stout
Federalist

Elected Governor

John Collins
Democratic-Republican

Jesse Green was the Federalist nominee to succeed Stout and ran against Democratic-Republican nominee John Collins. Collins defeated Green by a slim margin, becoming the first Democratic-Republican Governor of Delaware since 1810. However, Collins died in office on April 16, 1822, triggering another special election in 1822.

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

1820 Delaware gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic-Republican John Collins 3,970 53.00% +7.56%
Federalist Jesse Green 3,520 47.00% -7.56%
Majority 45 6.01% -3.10%
Turnout 7,490 100.00%
Democratic-Republican gain from Federalist

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dubin 2003, p. 27.
  2. ^ "Delaware 1820 Governor, Special". A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns 1787-1825. Tufts University. Retrieved June 17, 2021.

BibliographyEdit

  • Gubernatorial Elections, 1787-1997. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc. 1998. ISBN 1-56802-396-0.
  • Glashan, Roy R. (1979). American Governors and Gubernatorial Elections, 1775-1978. Meckler Books. ISBN 0-930466-17-9.
  • Dubin, Michael J. (2003). United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1776-1860: The Official Results by State and County. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-1439-0.