1854 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election

The 1854 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election occurred on October 10, 1854. Incumbent governor William Bigler, a Democrat, was a candidate for re-election but was defeated by Whig candidate James Pollock. Bigler became the last sitting Governor of Pennsylvania to be defeated for reelection until Tom Corbett in 2014. This was the last time that a candidate not from the Democratic or Republican parties was elected Governor of Pennsylvania.

1854 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election

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  James Pollock Pennsylvania Governor.jpg William Bigler.jpg
Nominee James Pollock William Bigler
Party Whig Democratic
Popular vote 203,822 166,991
Percentage 54.6% 44.8%

1854 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County Results

Pollock:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%
Bigler:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Unknown/No Vote:      

Governor before election

William Bigler
Democratic

Elected Governor

James Pollock
Whig

ResultsEdit

Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1854[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig James Pollock 203,822 54.64
Democratic William Bigler (incumbent) 166,991 44.77
Free Soil B. Rush Bradford 2,194 0.59
Total votes 373,007 100.00
Whig gain from Democratic

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dubin, Michael J. (2003). United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1776-1860: The Official Results by State and County. Jefferson: McFarland & Company. p. 228. ISBN 9780786414390.