1854 and 1855 United States House of Representatives elections

The 1854 and 1855 United States House of Representatives elections were held during President Franklin Pierce's term at various dates in different states from August 1854 to November 1855.

1854 and 1855 United States House of Representatives elections

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All 234 seats in the United States House of Representatives[1]
118 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  William Alexander Richardson - Brady-Handy.jpg Henry M. Fuller (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Nathaniel Banks pre-war (cropped).jpg
Leader William A. Richardson Henry M. Fuller Nathaniel P. Banks
Party Democratic Whig Know Nothing
Leader's seat Illinois 5th Pennsylvania 12th Massachusetts 7th
Last election 150 seats 68 seats 0 seats
Seats won 83[b][2][3] 54[c] 51[2][3][a]
Seat change Decrease 69 Decrease 14 Increase 51
Popular vote 1,418,553[d] 580,929 631,510
Percentage 43.95% 18.00% 19.56%
Swing Decrease 5.87% Decrease 23.61% Increase 19.25%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Anti-Nebraska Republican People's
Last election Pre-creation Pre-creation Pre-creation
Seats won 22[c] 13[c] 9[4][c]
Seat change Increase 22 Increase 13 Increase 9
Popular vote 196,461 182,245 102,423
Percentage 6.09% 5.65% 3.17%
Swing New Party New Party New Party

  Seventh party Eighth party
 
Party Free Soil Independent
Last election 4 seats 3 seats
Seats won 1[c] 1[e]
Seat change Decrease 3 Decrease 2
Popular vote 22,928 84,196[f]
Percentage 0.71% 2.61%
Swing Decrease 3.28% Decrease 0.18%

1854 House of Representatives.svg
Results:
     Democratic gain      Whig gain
     Democratic hold      Whig hold
     American gain      Anti-Nebraska gain
     Republican gain      People's gain
     Independent gain

Speaker before election

Linn Boyd
Democratic

Elected Speaker

Nathaniel P. Banks
Know Nothing/American

This midterm election was among the most disruptive in American history, auguring the collapse of the Second Party System.

Both major parties, the Democratic Party and the Whig Party, organized as rivals for roughly 20 years, lost critical voter support. Northern voters strongly opposed to the Kansas–Nebraska Act shifted sharply against Democrats, who lost 69 seats, nearly half their House delegation. Whigs also lost seats as the party disintegrated over slavery.

The elected majority temporarily coalesced as the Opposition Party. This transitional party included Whigs, Free Soil members, American Party members (or Know Nothings), the People's Party of Indiana, Anti-Nebraska candidates, disaffected Northern Democrats, and members of the nascent Republican Party, which would soon absorb most of these factions and replace the Whigs as rival to the Democrats.

Candidates opposed to the Democratic Party won widely in the North through November 1854. The American Party, ignoring slavery and opposing immigration (particularly by Catholics from Ireland and Germany) won seats from both major parties, but to the net loss of Democrats, in New England and the South from November 1854 into 1855.

Congress had passed the Kansas–Nebraska Act in May 1854 after aggressive sponsorship by the Pierce Administration and Democrats led by Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas, including radical pro-slavery legislators. The Act repealed the 1820 Missouri Compromise and triggered the Bleeding Kansas conflict. With widely foreseen risks and immediately negative results, the Act publicly discredited the Democratic Party, fueling new partisan and sectional rancor. It created violent uncertainty on the frontier by abruptly making slavery potentially legal in territories originally comprising the northern portion of the Louisiana Purchase and attractive to contemporary settlers. Settlers were expected to determine the status of slavery locally. This idea appealed to Democratic politicians and to some voters in its shape and intent, but proved unworkable in Kansas where the status of slavery would be violently disputed between more numerous Northern settlers and geographically closer Southern settlers. Even some pro-slavery legislators and voters, particularly Southern Whigs, felt repealing the Missouri Compromise was politically reckless and attempting to push slavery by law and force into territories where most settlers predictably were unlikely to want it endangered its continued legal protection anywhere, even in the South. These fears proved prescient.

More than 21 Representatives vied for the post of Speaker. After two months and 133 ballots, American Party Representative Nathaniel Banks of Massachusetts, also a Free Soiler, defeated Democrat William Aiken of South Carolina by plurality, 103-100.[5] Banks is also the only Speaker from a third party to date.

Election summariesEdit

State Type Date Total
seats
Opposition Democratic Know Nothing
Seats Change[g] Seats Change Seats Change
Arkansas Districts August 4, 1854 2 0   2   0  
Iowa Districts August 7, 1854 2 1   1   0  
Missouri Districts 7 6  2 1  2 0  
Vermont Districts September 5, 1854 3 3   0   0  
California At-large September 6, 1854 2 0   2   0  
Maine Districts September 11, 1854 6 5  2 1  2 0  
Florida At-large October 2, 1854 1 0   1   0  
South Carolina Districts October 9–10, 1854 6 0   6   0  
Indiana Districts October 10, 1854 11 9  8 2  8 0  
Ohio Districts 21 21  12 0  12 0  
Pennsylvania Districts 25 17  8 7  9 1  1
Illinois Districts November 7, 1854
(Election Day)[h]
9 4   5   0  
Michigan Districts 4 3  3 1  3 0  
New Jersey Districts 5 4  3 1  3 0  
New York Districts 33 25  13 5  16 3  3
Wisconsin Districts 3 2  2 1  2 0  
Massachusetts Districts November 12, 1854 11 0  10 0  1 11  11
Delaware At-large November 14, 1854 1 0   0  1 1  1
Late elections (after the March 4, 1855 beginning of the term)
New Hampshire Districts March 13, 1855 3 0   0  3 3  3
Connecticut Districts April 2, 1855 4 0   0  4 4  4
Rhode Island Districts April 4, 1855 2 0   0  2 2  2
Virginia Districts May 24, 1855 13 0   12  1 1  1
North Carolina Districts August 2, 1855 8 0  3 5   3  3
Tennessee Districts 10 0  5 5   5  5
Alabama Districts August 6, 1855 7 0  1 5  1 2  2
Kentucky Districts 10 0  5 4  1 6  6
Texas Districts 2 0   1  1 1  1
Georgia Districts October 1, 1855 8 0  2 6   2  2
Louisiana Districts November 5, 1855 4 0  1 3   1  1
Mississippi Districts[i] November 5–6, 1855 5 0   4  1 1  1
Maryland Districts November 6, 1855 6 0  2 2  2 4  4
Total 234 100[2][3]
42.7%
 29[j] 83[2][3]
35.0%
 75 51[2][3]
21.8%
 51
83 51 100
Democratic Know Nothing Opposition
Popular vote
Democratic
43.95%
Know Nothing
19.56%
Whig
18.00%
Anti-Nebraska
6.09%
Republican
5.65%
People's
3.17%
Independent
2.61%
Free Soil
0.71%
Others
0.26%
House seats
Democratic
34.62%
Whig
23.08%
Know Nothing
21.79%
Anti-Nebraska
9.40%
Republican
5.56%
People's
3.85%
Independent
0.43%
Free Soil
0.43%

Special electionsEdit

There were two special elections to the 33rd United States Congress, listed here by date and district.

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Pennsylvania 8 Henry A. Muhlenberg Democratic 1852 Incumbent died January 9, 1854.
New member elected February 4, 1854.
Democratic hold.
Massachusetts 1 Zeno Scudder Whig 1850 Incumbent resigned March 4, 1854.
New member elected April 17, 1854.
Whig hold.
New York 12 Gilbert Dean Democratic 1850 Incumbent resigned July 3, 1854.
New member elected November 7, 1854.
Whig gain.
Kentucky 3 Presley Ewing Whig 1851 Incumbent died September 27, 1854.
New member elected November 13, 1854.
Whig hold.

AlabamaEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Alabama 1 Philip Phillips Democratic 1853 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Alabama 2 James Abercrombie Whig 1851 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Alabama 3 James Ferguson Dowdell Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Alabama 4 William Russell Smith Democratic 1851 Incumbent re-elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Alabama 5 George S. Houston Democratic 1843 Incumbent re-elected.
Alabama 6 Williamson Robert Winfield Cobb Democratic 1847 Incumbent re-elected.
Alabama 7 Sampson Willis Harris Democratic 1847 Incumbent re-elected.

ArkansasEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Arkansas 1 Alfred B. Greenwood Democratic 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Arkansas 2 Edward A. Warren Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.
  •  Y Albert Rust (Democratic) 65.95%
  • E.G. Walker (Whig) 34.05%

CaliforniaEdit

Note: From statehood to 1864, California's representatives were elected at-large, with the top two vote-getters winning election from 1849 to 1858.

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
California at-large
2 seats
Milton S. Latham Democratic 1852 Incumbent withdrew.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.
(Elected on a general ticket)
James A. McDougall Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.

ConnecticutEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Connecticut 1 James T. Pratt Democratic 1853 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Connecticut 2 Colin M. Ingersoll Democratic 1851 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Connecticut 3 Nathan Belcher Democratic 1853 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
  •  Y Sidney Dean (Know Nothing) 67.51%
  • Joel W. White (Democratic) 32.49%
Connecticut 4 Origen S. Seymour Democratic 1851 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.

DelawareEdit

 
Delaware's result by county,
  Cullen—50-60%
District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Delaware at-large George R. Riddle Democratic 1850 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.

FloridaEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Florida at-large Augustus Maxwell Democratic 1852 Incumbent re-elected.

GeorgiaEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Georgia 1 James Lindsay Seward Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Georgia 2 Alfred H. Colquitt Democratic 1853 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.
Georgia 3 David Jackson Bailey Democratic 1851 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Georgia 4 William Barton Wade Dent Democratic 1853 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.
Georgia 5 Elijah Webb Chastain Democratic 1851 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.
Georgia 6 Junius Hillyer Democratic 1851 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.
  •  Y Howell Cobb (Democratic) 63.78%
  • Leonidas Franklin (Know Nothing) 36.22%
Georgia 7 David Addison Reese Whig 1853 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Georgia 8 Alexander Stephens Whig 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Democratic gain.

IllinoisEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Illinois 1 Elihu B. Washburne Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected to a new party.
Republican gain.
  •  Y Elihu B. Washburne (Republican) 69.33%
  • William M. Jackson (Democratic) 22.99%
  • E. P. Ferry (Anti-Nebraska) 7.68%
Illinois 2 John Wentworth Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican gain.
  •  Y James H. Woodworth (Republican) 53.05%
  • Robert S. Blackwell (Whig) 19.84%
  • John B. Turner (Democratic) 19.48%
  • Edward L. Mayo (Anti-Nebraska) 7.63%
Illinois 3 Jesse O. Norton Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected to a new party.
Republican gain.
Illinois 4 James Knox Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected to a new party.
Republican gain.
Illinois 5 William A. Richardson Democratic 1847 (special) Incumbent re-elected.
Illinois 6 Richard Yates Whig 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Illinois 7 James C. Allen Democratic 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Election disqualified.
Democratic loss.
Illinois 8 William Henry Bissell Independent Democratic 1848 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
  •  Y Lyman Trumbull (Anti-Nebraska) 59.87%
  • Philip Bond Fouke (Democratic) 40.13%
Illinois 9 Willis Allen Democratic 1850 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.
  •  Y Samuel S. Marshall (Democratic) 64.67%
  • G. Jay S. Turney (Republican) 22.15%
  • DeWitt C. Barber (Unknown) 9.71%
  • A. Grow (Unknown) 2.05%
  • S. A. Rowan (Unknown) 1.42%

IndianaEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Indiana 1 Smith Miller Democratic 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y Smith Miller (Democratic) 52.15%
  • Sam Hall (People's) 47.85%
Indiana 2 William Hayden English Democratic 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Indiana 3 Cyrus L. Dunham Democratic 1849 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
People's gain.
Indiana 4 James H. Lane Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
People's gain.
  •  Y William Cumback (People's) 51.92%
  • William G. Holman (Democratic) 48.08%
Indiana 5 Samuel W. Parker Whig 1851 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
People's gain.
Indiana 6 Thomas A. Hendricks Democratic 1851 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
People's gain.
Indiana 7 John G. Davis Democratic 1851 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
People's gain.
Indiana 8 Daniel Mace Democratic 1851 Incumbent re-elected.
People's gain.
  •  Y Daniel Mace (People's) 56.92%
  • James Davis (Democratic) 43.08%
Indiana 9 Norman Eddy Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
People's gain.
Indiana 10 Ebenezer M. Chamberlain Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
People's gain.
Indiana 11 Andrew J. Harlan Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
People's gain.
  •  Y John U. Pettit (People's) 56.59%
  • James R. Slack (Democratic) 43.41%

IowaEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Iowa 1 Bernhart Henn Democratic 1850 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.
  •  Y Augustus Hall (Democratic) 50.27%
  • R.L. Clark (Whig) 49.50%
  • J.L. Ashbaugh (Independent) 0.23%
Iowa 2 William Vandever Whig 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Whig hold.

KentuckyEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Kentucky 1
Kentucky 2
Kentucky 3
Kentucky 4
Kentucky 5
Kentucky 6
Kentucky 7
Kentucky 8
Kentucky 9
Kentucky 10

LouisianaEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Louisiana 1
Louisiana 2
Louisiana 3
Louisiana 4

MaineEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Maine 1 Moses Macdonald Democratic 1850 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican gain.
  •  Y John M. Wood (Republican) 59.36%
  • Samuel Wells (Democratic) 39.91%
  • Lorenzo D. Wilkinson (Independent) 0.74%
Maine 2 Samuel Mayall Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican gain.
  •  Y John J. Perry (Republican) 56.88%
  • William K. Kimball (Democratic) 42.46%
  • Charles J. Gilman (Independent) 0.66%
Maine 3 E. Wilder Farley Whig 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Republican gain.
Maine 4 Samuel P. Benson Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected to a new party.
Republican gain.
Maine 5 Israel Washburn Jr. Whig 1850 Incumbent re-elected to a new party.
Republican gain.
Maine 6 Thomas J. D. Fuller Democratic 1848 Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y Thomas J. D. Fuller (Democratic) 42.39%
  • James A. Milliken (Republican) 38.74%
  • Noah Smith (Whig) 18.88%

MarylandEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Maryland 1
Maryland 2
Maryland 3
Maryland 4
Maryland 5
Maryland 6

MassachusettsEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Massachusetts 1 Thomas D. Eliot Whig 1854 (special) Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know-Nothing gain.
Massachusetts 2 Samuel L. Crocker Whig 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know-Nothing gain.
Massachusetts 3 J. Wiley Edmands Whig 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know-Nothing gain.
  •  Y William S. Damrell (American) 74.76%
  • Nathaniel F. Safford (Whig) 16.67%
  • Edward Avery (Democratic) 5.38%
  • Arthur W. Austin (Independent) 2.26%
Massachusetts 4 Samuel H. Walley Whig 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know-Nothing gain.
Massachusetts 5 William Appleton Whig 1850 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know-Nothing gain.
Massachusetts 6 Charles W. Upham Whig 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know-Nothing gain.
Massachusetts 7 Nathaniel P. Banks Democratic 1852 Incumbent re-elected to a new party.
Know-Nothing gain.
Massachusetts 8 Tappan Wentworth Whig 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know-Nothing gain.
Massachusetts 9 Alexander DeWitt Free Soil 1852 Incumbent re-elected to a new party.
Know-Nothing gain.
  •  Y Alexander DeWitt (American) 76.97%
  • Isaac Davis (Democratic) 13.36%
  • Ira M. Barton (Whig) 7.45%
  • Alfred Mowrey (Independent) 1.42%
  • William P. Marble (Independent) 0.46%
  • Scattering 0.34%
Massachusetts 10 Edward Dickinson Whig 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know-Nothing gain.
Massachusetts 11 John Z. Goodrich Whig 1852 Know-Nothing gain.

MichiganEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Michigan 1 David Stuart Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Republican gain.
Michigan 2 David A. Noble Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Republican gain.
Michigan 3 Samuel Clark Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Republican gain.
Michigan 4 Hestor L. Stevens Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.

MississippiEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Mississippi 1 Daniel B. Wright Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Mississippi 2 William S. Barry Democratic 1853 Incumbent retired to run for state representative.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.
Mississippi 3 William Barksdale
Redistricted from the at-large district
Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Mississippi 4 Otho R. Singleton
Redistricted from the 3rd district
Democratic 1853 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Mississippi 5 None (New seat) New seat.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.

MissouriEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Missouri 1 Thomas Hart Benton Opposition 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Whig gain.
Missouri 2 Alfred W. Lamb Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Whig gain.
Missouri 3 James J. Lindley Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Missouri 4 Mordecai Oliver Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y Mordecai Oliver (Whig) 41.95%
  • S.L. Leonard (Democratic) 34.21%
  • Shelton J. Howe (Benton Democratic) 19.08%
  • J.F. Pitt (Ind. Whig) 4.76%
Missouri 5 John G. Miller Whig 1850 Incumbent re-elected.
Missouri 6 John S. Phelps Democratic 1844 Incumbent re-elected.
Missouri 7 Samuel Caruthers Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected.

New HampshireEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
New Hampshire 1 George W. Kittredge Democratic 1853 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
New Hampshire 2 George W. Morrison Democratic 1853 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
New Hampshire 3 Harry Hibbard Democratic 1849 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.

New JerseyEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
New Jersey 1
New Jersey 2
New Jersey 3
New Jersey 4
New Jersey 5

New YorkEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
New York 1
New York 2
New York 3
New York 4
New York 5
New York 6
New York 7
New York 8
New York 9
New York 10
New York 11
New York 12
New York 13
New York 14
New York 15
New York 16
New York 17
New York 18
New York 19
New York 20
New York 21
New York 22
New York 23
New York 24
New York 25
New York 26
New York 27
New York 28
New York 29
New York 30
New York 31
New York 32
New York 33

North CarolinaEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
North Carolina 1
North Carolina 2
North Carolina 3
North Carolina 4
North Carolina 5
North Carolina 6
North Carolina 7
North Carolina 8

OhioEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Ohio 1 David T. Disney Democratic 1848 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 2 John Scott Harrison Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 3 Lewis D. Campbell Whig 1848 Incumbent re-elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 4 Matthias H. Nichols Democratic 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 5 Alfred Edgerton Democratic 1850 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
  •  Y Richard Mott (Anti-Nebraska) 61.62%
  • Henry S. Cowager (Democratic) 38.38%
Ohio 6 Andrew Ellison Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 7 Aaron Harlan Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 8 Moses Bledso Corwin Whig 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
  •  Y Benjamin Stanton (Anti-Nebraska) 75.84%
  • Enoch G. Dial (Democratic) 23.10%
  • J. Newell (Unknown) 1.06%
Ohio 9 Frederick W. Green Democratic 1850 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
  •  Y Cooper K. Watson (Anti-Nebraska) 59.92%
  • Josiah S. Plants (Democratic) 40.08%
Ohio 10 John L. Taylor Democratic 1846 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
  •  Y Oscar F. Moore (Anti-Nebraska) 65.32%
  • James W. Davis (Democratic) 34.68%
Ohio 11 Thomas Ritchey Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 12 Edson B. Olds Democratic 1848 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 13 William D. Lindsley Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 14 Harvey H. Johnson Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 15 William R. Sapp Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
  •  Y William R. Sapp (Anti-Nebraska) 58.99%
  • William Dunbar (Democratic) 41.02%
Ohio 16 Edward Ball Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
  •  Y Edward Ball (Anti-Nebraska) 58.89%
  • William Galligher (Democratic) 41.11%
Ohio 17 Wilson Shannon Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 18 George Bliss Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 19 Edward Wade Free Soil 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
  •  Y Edward Wade (Anti-Nebraska) 71.07%
  • Eli T. Wilder (Democratic) 28.42%
  • Irad Kelly (Independent) 0.51%
Ohio 20 Joshua Reed Giddings Free Soil 1843 Incumbent re-elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.
Ohio 21 Andrew Stuart Democratic 1848 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Anti-Nebraska gain.

PennsylvaniaEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Pennsylvania 1 Thomas B. Florence Democratic 1848 Incumbent re-elected.
Pennsylvania 2 Joseph R. Chandler Whig 1848 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Whig hold.
Pennsylvania 3 John Robbins Democratic 1848 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Whig gain.
Pennsylvania 4 William Henry Witte Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Pennsylvania 5 John McNair Democratic 1850 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic hold.
Pennsylvania 6 William Everhart Whig 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Pennsylvania 7 Samuel A. Bridges Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Republican gain.
Pennsylvania 8 J. Glancy Jones Democratic 1854 Incumbent re-elected.
Pennsylvania 9 Isaac E. Hiester Whig 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Independent gain.
Pennsylvania 10 Ner Middleswarth Whig 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Whig hold.
  •  Y John C. Kunkel (Whig) 55.99%
  • Amos Boughter (Democratic) 43.01%
  • George A. Seiler (Independent) 1.00%
Pennsylvania 11 Christian M. Straub Democratic 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Whig gain.
Pennsylvania 12 Hendrick B. Wright Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Whig gain.
Pennsylvania 13 Asa Packer Democratic 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y Asa Packer (Democratic) 58.67%
  • Edward F. Stewart (Whig) 41.33%
Pennsylvania 14 Galusha A. Grow Democratic 1850 Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y Galusha A. Grow (Democratic) 95.22%
  • Jim Grow (Independent) 4.56%
  • Olin L. Hawley (Independent) 0.23%

Rhode IslandEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Rhode Island 1 Thomas Davis Democratic 1853 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Rhode Island 2 Benjamin Babock Thurston Democratic 1851 Incumbent re-elected.
Know Nothing gain.

South CarolinaEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
South Carolina 1 John McQueen Democratic 1849 (special) Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y John McQueen (Democratic) 67.44%
  • I. D. Wilson (Unknown) 32.56%
South Carolina 2 William Aiken Jr. Democratic 1850 Incumbent re-elected.
South Carolina 3 Laurence M. Keitt Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
South Carolina 4 Preston S. Brooks Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
South Carolina 5 James L. Orr Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
South Carolina 6 William W. Boyce Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.

TennesseeEdit

Elections held late, on August 2, 1855.

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Tennessee 1 Nathaniel G. Taylor Whig 1854 (special) Incumbent lost re-election as a Know Nothing.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Tennessee 2 William M. Churchwell Democratic 1851 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Tennessee 3 Samuel A. Smith Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Tennessee 4 William Cullom Whig 1851 Incumbent lost re-election as a Know Nothing.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Tennessee 5 Charles Ready Whig 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Tennessee 6 George W. Jones Democratic 1842 Incumbent re-elected.
Tennessee 7 Robert M. Bugg Whig 1853 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Tennessee 8 Felix Zollicoffer Whig 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Tennessee 9 Emerson Etheridge Whig 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Tennessee 10 Frederick P. Stanton Democratic 1845 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.

TexasEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Texas 1 George W. Smyth Democratic 1853 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Texas 2 Peter Hansborough Bell Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.

VermontEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Vermont 1 James Meacham Whig 1849 (Special) Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y James Meacham (Whig) 71.35%
  • Solomon W. Jewett (Democratic) 28.65%
Vermont 2 Andrew Tracy Whig 1852 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican gain.
  •  Y Justin S. Morrill (Republican) 50.26%
  • J.W. Parker (Democratic) 35.07%
  • Oscar L. Shafter (Free Soil) 14.68%
Vermont 3 Alvah Sabin Whig 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y Alvah Sabin (Whig) 68.54%
  • William Heywood (Democratic) 31.46%

VirginiaEdit

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Virginia 1 Thomas H. Bayly Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Virginia 2 John Millson Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y John Millson (Democratic) 53.3%
  • Watts (Know Nothing) 46.7%
Virginia 3 John S. Caskie Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y John S. Caskie (Democratic) 52.1%
  • William C. Scott (Know Nothing) 47.9%
Virginia 4 William Goode Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Virginia 5 Thomas S. Bocock Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Virginia 6 Paulus Powell Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Virginia 7 William Smith Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Virginia 8 Charles J. Faulkner Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
Virginia 9 John Letcher Democratic 1851 Incumbent re-elected.
Virginia 10 Zedekiah Kidwell Democratic 1853 Incumbent re-elected.
  •  Y Zedekiah Kidwell (Democratic) 54.5%
  • William K. Pendleton (Know Nothing) 45.5%
Virginia 11 Charles S. Lewis Democratic 1853 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Know Nothing gain.
Virginia 12 Henry A. Edmundson Democratic 1849 Incumbent re-elected.
Virginia 13 Fayette McMullen Democratic 1849 Incumbent re-elected.

WisconsinEdit

Election results in Wisconsin for 1854:[22]

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
Wisconsin 1 Daniel Wells Jr. Democratic 1852 Incumbent re-elected.
Wisconsin 2 Ben C. Eastman Democratic 1850 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican gain.
Wisconsin 3 John B. Macy Democratic 1852 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Republican gain.

Non-voting delegatesEdit

Kansas TerritoryEdit

District Incumbent This race
Delegate Party First elected Results Candidates
Kansas Territory New seat New territory.
New delegate elected December 20, 1854.
Democratic gain.

Minnesota TerritoryEdit

District Incumbent This race
Delegate Party First elected Results Candidates
Minnesota Territory Henry Mower Rice Democratic 1852 Incumbent re-elected.

Nebraska TerritoryEdit

33rd CongressEdit

District Incumbent This race
Delegate Party First elected Results Candidates
Nebraska Territory New seat New territory.
New delegate elected December 12, 1854.[24][25]
Democratic gain.

34th CongressEdit

District Incumbent This race
Delegate Party First elected Results Candidates
Nebraska Territory Napoleon Bonaparte Giddings Democratic 1854 Incumbent retired.
New delegate elected November 5, 1855.[24]
Democratic hold.

Oregon TerritoryEdit

District Incumbent This race
Delegate Party First elected Results Candidates
Oregon Territory Joseph Lane Democratic 1851 Incumbent re-elected.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ While Martis, et al. count 51 Know Nothings, Dubin (p. 174) counts 52.
  2. ^ Includes two Anti-Broderick Democrats (California), one Anti-Benton Democrat (Missouri), one Hard-Shell Democrat (New York), and four Soft-Shell Democrats (New York)
  3. ^ a b c d e Counted as part of the plurality-winning "Opposition Party."
  4. ^ Includes votes for those who ran labeled as a Anti-Broderick Democrat, Anti-Benton Democrat, Hard Shell Democrat or Soft-Shell Democrat.
  5. ^ Included one Independent Whig: Anthony Ellmaker Roberts of Pennsylvania.
  6. ^ Includes votes for those who ran labeled as a Independent, Benton Democrat, Independent Democrat, or Independent American.
  7. ^ Compared to Whigs, Free Soilers, and Independents elected in the previous election of 1852.
  8. ^ In 1845, Congress passed a law providing for a uniform date for choosing presidential electors (see: Statutes at Large, 28th Congress, 2nd Session, p. 721). Congressional elections were unaffected by this law, but the date was gradually adopted by the states for congressional elections as well.
  9. ^ At-large district abolished in redistricting.
  10. ^ Compared to just Whig Party members elected in the previous election of 1852. If Whig Party and Free Soil Party members are counted together, the increase was only  25.
  11. ^ Bennett led 578-560 in returns that included the results of Ottoe (175-95 Bennett), Richardson (76-36 Bennett), Dacotah (25-0 Chapman), and Burt (14-10 Chapman) counties. Gov. Izard excluded those results due to irregularities.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://mcimaps.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/34th-Congress.png[bare URL image file]
  2. ^ a b c d e Martis, p. 108–109.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Party Divisions of the House of Representatives* 1789–Present". Office of the Historian, House of United States House of Representatives. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Dubin, p. 174.
  5. ^ Nevins, Allan (1947). Ordeal of the Union, Volume II: A House Dividing 1852-1857. New York. pp. 413–415.
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA - at Large Race - Sep 06, 1854".
  7. ^ "MS - District 01 Race - Nov 05, 1855". Our Campaigns. October 27, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  8. ^ "MS - District 02 Race - Nov 05, 1855". Our Campaigns. October 28, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  9. ^ "MS - District 03 Race - Nov 05, 1855". Our Campaigns. October 29, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  10. ^ "MS - District 04 Race - Nov 05, 1855". Our Campaigns. October 29, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  11. ^ "MS - District 05 Race - Nov 05, 1855". Our Campaigns. October 29, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  12. ^ "TN - District 01". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  13. ^ "TN - District 02". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  14. ^ "TN - District 03". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  15. ^ "TN - District 04". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  16. ^ "TN - District 05". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  17. ^ "TN - District 06". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  18. ^ "TN - District 07". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  19. ^ "TN - District 08". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  20. ^ "TN - District 09". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  21. ^ "TN - District 10". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  22. ^ "Wisconsin U.S. House Election Results" (PDF). Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 5, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  23. ^ "Our Campaigns - MN Territorial Delegate Race - Aug 05, 1855". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  24. ^ a b "Collections of the NSHS - Volume 18". www.usgennet.org.
  25. ^ "Our Campaigns - NE Territorial Delegate - Initial Election Race - Nov 07, 1854". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  26. ^ "Our Campaigns - NE Territorial Delegate Race - Nov 07, 1854". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  27. ^ Greeley, Horace (1868). "The Tribune Almanac for the Years L838 to L868, Inclusive: Comprehending the Politician's Register and the Whig Almanac, Containing Annual Election Returns by States and Counties ... Political Essays ... &c., Making a Connected Political History for Thirty Years". New York tribune. Retrieved September 16, 2020.


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