1829 Georgia gubernatorial election

The 1829 Georgia gubernatorial election was held on October 5, 1894, to elect the governor of Georgia. Jacksonian Troup Governor John Forsyth, first elected in the 1827 election, declined to seek re-election to a second term, instead aiming to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Jacksonian Troup candidate George Rockingham Gilmer, U.S House rep for Georgia's 1st congressional district, won in a landslide with the backing of both local parties.[1][2]

1829 Georgia gubernatorial election

← 1827 October 5, 1829 1831 →
Nominee George R. Gilmer Joel Crawford
Party Jacksonian Jacksonian
Alliance Troup Party Troup Party
Popular vote 28,850[a] 12,082[a]
Percentage 70.48% 29.52%

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

Governor before election

John Forsyth

Elected Governor

George R. Gilmer

Background edit

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 Ex-Governor George Troup.[2]

Following the death of its gubernatorial candidate in the 1827 gubernatorial election 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. However, this new party chose not to field a candidate and instead, its leaders decided to support George Rockingham Gilmer for governor.[2]

The Troup party, on the other hand, was a political anomaly whose conservative politics and organization more closely related to those of the late 1800s. In 1828, the Troup caucus split at Athens between supporting Gilmer or Georgia State Senator Joel Crawford.[2]

Election edit

1829 Georgia gubernatorial election (Official count)[1][b]
Party Candidate Votes %
Jacksonian George R. Gilmer 24,204 69.3
Jacksonian Joel Crawford 10,718 30.7
Total votes 34,922 100
1829 Georgia gubernatorial election (With the 14 missing counties)[1][b]
Party Candidate Votes %
Jacksonian John Forsyth 28,850 70.48
Jacksonian Joel Crawford 12,082 29.52
Total votes 40,932 100

Aftermath edit

Following Gilmer's victory he supported Union party nominee, John Forsyth, for U.S. senatorship. However, he appointed Troup party members to state offices.[2]

Notes edit

  1. ^ a b c Data missing for Ware County
  2. ^ a b The vote of 14 counties was excluded in the official count by the Legislature

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d Dubin, Michael J. (2003). United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1776 1860: The Official Results By State And County. McFarland. p. 29. ISBN 9780786414390.
  2. ^ a b c d e Murray, Paul. "Party Organization in Georgia Politics 1825-1853". The Georgia Historical Quarterly. 29 (4): 195–197 – via JSTOR.