1827 Georgia gubernatorial election

The 1827 Georgia gubernatorial election was held on October 1, 1827, to elect the governor of Georgia. Due to the death of the Democratic-Republican Clark candidate Matthew Talbot, Jacksonian Troup candidate John Forsyth won in a landslide against a divided opposition.[1][2]

1827 Georgia gubernatorial election

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Nominee John Forsyth
Party Jacksonian
Alliance Troup Party
Popular vote 22,774[a] 9,721[a]
Percentage 70.08% 29.92%

Results by County[1][a]
Forsyth:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Opposition:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Cherokee territory:      
No Data:      

Governor before election

George Troup

Elected Governor

John Forsyth



The first political divisions in the state fell along the lines of personal support for outstanding leaders in their struggle for power. Many of these factions were usually held together through personal friendships and family associations. The two factions at the time were the Clark faction, followers of Ex-Governor John Clark, and the Troup faction, followers of incumbent Governor George Troup.[2]

After Troup chose not to rerun for governor, the Troup party nominated John Forsyth as their candidate. The Clark party chose Captain Mathew Talbot.[2][3]



On 17 September, Talbot unexpectedly died during his campaign. His death forced the Clark party to nominate Edward F. Tattnall, a member of the Troup party.[2][4] At the same time, Duncan G. Campbell, one of the U.S. commissioners responsible for the Treaty of Indian Springs, was brought forward by his friends for the race but later dropped out.[3] Other candidates who attempted to run included Freeman Walker, McDonald, and Alfred Cuthbert.[1]


1827 Georgia gubernatorial election (With most counties)[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Jacksonian John Forsyth 22,774 70.08
"Opposition" 9,721 29.92
Total votes 40,412 100
Opposition vote broken down (With only 45 counties)[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-Republican Edward F. Tattnall 2,015 31.65
? McDonald 1,026 16.12
Jacksonian Alfred Cuthbert 892 14.01
Democratic-Republican Freeman Walker 826 12.97
Others 1,678 26.35
Total votes 6,367 100



With the death of its gubernatorial candidate and the removal of Clark from Georgia to Florida, the Clark party would eventually die out the following year. In its ashes rose the Union party, a product of the forces of liberal democracy that brought white manhood suffrage and popular elections in the 1800s.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Data missing for several counties
  2. ^ Many newspapers combined the votes cast for candidates other than Forsyth under the term "Opposition."


  1. ^ a b c d e Dubin, Michael J. (2003). United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1776 1860: The Official Results By State And County. McFarland. p. 30. ISBN 9780786414390.
  2. ^ a b c d e Murray, Paul (1945). "Party Organization in Georgia Politics 1825-1853". The Georgia Historical Quarterly. 29 (4): 195–196. JSTOR 40576991 – via JSTOR.
  3. ^ a b Harden, Edward (1859). The Life of George M. Troup. E. J. Purse. p. 494.
  4. ^ "The Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald Oct 1, 1827". The Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald. Oct 1, 1827.