1835 Georgia gubernatorial election

The 1835 Georgia gubernatorial election was held on October 5, 1835, to elect the governor of Georgia. Democratic Union Governor Wilson Lumpkin, first elected in the 1831 election, did not seek re-election to a second term, instead he became U.S. commissioner to the Cherokee Native Americans. Democratic Union candidate William Schley, U.S House rep for Georgia's 1st congressional district, narrowly defeated Whig State Rights candidate Charles Dougherty.[1][2]

1835 Georgia gubernatorial election

← 1833 October 5, 1835 1837 →
Nominee William Schley Charles Dougherty
Party Democratic Whig
Alliance Union Party State Rights
Popular vote 31,197 28,547
Percentage 52.22% 47.78%

Results by County[1]
Schley:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Dougherty:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%

Governor before election

Wilson Lumpkin

Elected Governor

William Schley

Background edit

During this time, Georgian politics were dominated by two local parties, the Union party and the State Rights party. The Union party was the product of the forces of liberal democracy that brought white manhood suffrage and popular elections in the 1800s. The State Rights party, on the other hand, was a political anomaly whose conservative politics and organization were more closely related to those of the late 1800s.[2]

The State Rights caucus held a state convention in June at Milledgeville and nominated Charles Dougherty for governor. The Union party was much slower at adopting a state convention and had a central committee nominate U.S House Representative William Schley.[2]

Election edit

1835 Georgia gubernatorial election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William Schley 31,197 52.22 +0.46
Whig Joel Crawford 28,547 47.78 -0.46
Total votes 59,744 100

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Dubin, Michael J. (2003). United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1776 1860: The Official Results By State And County. McFarland. pp. 33–34. ISBN 9780786414390.
  2. ^ a b c Murray, Paul. "Party Organization in Georgia Politics 1825-1853". The Georgia Historical Quarterly. 29 (4): 200–201 – via JSTOR.