1850 Maryland gubernatorial election

The 1850 Maryland gubernatorial election was held on 2 October 1850 in order to elect the Governor of Maryland. Democratic nominee and former member of the Maryland House of Delegates Enoch Louis Lowe narrowly defeated Whig nominee William B. Clarke.[1]

1850 Maryland gubernatorial election

← 1847 2 October 1850 1853 →
Nominee Enoch Louis Lowe William B. Clarke
Party Democratic Whig
Popular vote 36,340 34,858
Percentage 51.04% 48.96%

Governor before election

Philip Francis Thomas

Elected Governor

Enoch Louis Lowe

General election


On election day, 2 October 1850, Democratic nominee Enoch Louis Lowe won the election by a margin of 1,482 votes against his opponent Whig nominee William B. Clarke, thereby retaining Democratic control over the office of governor. Lowe was sworn in as the 29th Governor of Maryland on 6 January 1851.[2]


Maryland gubernatorial election, 1850
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Enoch Louis Lowe 36,340 51.04
Whig William B. Clarke 34,858 48.96
Total votes 71,198 100.00
Democratic hold


  1. ^ "Enoch Louis Lowe". National Governors Association. Retrieved 28 April 2024.
  2. ^ "MD Governor". ourcampaigns.com. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2024.