1854 Delaware gubernatorial election

The 1854 Delaware gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1854. Incumbent Democratic Governor William H. H. Ross was unable to seek re-election. His 1850 opponent, former State Representative Peter F. Causey, ran as the American Party candidate, and faced former Kent County Sheriff William Burton, the Democratic nominee. Causey ultimately defeated Burton by a slim, but decisive, margin.[1]

1854 Delaware gubernatorial election

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Nominee Peter F. Causey William Burton
Party Know Nothing Democratic
Popular vote 6,941 6,244
Percentage 52.64% 47.36%

Governor before election

William H. H. Ross
Democratic

Elected Governor

Peter F. Causey
Know Nothing

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

1854 Delaware gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Know Nothing Peter F. Causey 6,941 52.64%
Democratic William Burton 6,244 47.36% -0.72%
Majority 697 5.29% +5.10%
Turnout 13,185 100.00%
Know Nothing gain from Democratic

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Conrad, Henry C. (1908). History of the State of Delaware: From the Earliest Settlements to the Year 1907. Vol. 1. Lancaster, Pa.: Wickersham Company, Printers and Binders. p. 194-95.
  2. ^ 1855 House Journal, p. 40

BibliographyEdit

  • Gubernatorial Elections, 1787-1997. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc. 1998. ISBN 1-56802-396-0.
  • Glashan, Roy R. (1979). American Governors and Gubernatorial Elections, 1775-1978. Meckler Books. ISBN 0-930466-17-9.
  • Dubin, Michael J. (2003). United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1776-1860: The Official Results by State and County. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-1439-0.
  • Delaware House Journal, 65th General Assembly, 1st Reg. Sess. (1855).