1848 Connecticut gubernatorial election

The 1848 Connecticut gubernatorial election was held on April 3, 1848.[1] Incumbent Governor and Whig nominee Clark Bissell was re-elected, defeating former congressman and Democratic nominee George S. Catlin with 50.38% of the vote.

1848 Connecticut gubernatorial election

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Nominee Clark Bissell George S. Catlin
Party Whig Democratic
Popular vote 30,717 28,525
Percentage 50.38% 46.79%

Governor before election

Clark Bissell

Elected Governor

Clark Bissell

This was the last such election in which the Whig Party won a majority of the popular vote. Their vote share would steadily decline over each of the next eight elections, ending with their last appearance in the 1856 Connecticut gubernatorial election. The Whigs would only win two more of these eight elections, by the votes of the state legislature. It was also the last appearance of the Liberty Party.

General electionEdit


Major party candidates

  • Clark Bissell, Whig
  • George S. Catlin, Democratic

Minor party candidates

  • Francis Gillette, Liberty


1848 Connecticut gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Clark Bissell (incumbent) 30,717 50.38%
Democratic George S. Catlin 28,525 46.79%
Liberty Francis Gillette 1,728 2.83%
Majority 2,192
Whig hold Swing


  1. ^ "The election in Connecticut". The daily union. Washington, D.C. April 1, 1848. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns". Retrieved 2020-09-15.