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The 1857 Texas gubernatorial election was held on August 3, 1857 to elect the Governor of Texas. The election pitted Lieutenant Governor Hardin Richard Runnels against former President of the Republic of Texas Sam Houston and Lieutenant Governor hopeful French Smith. Runnels won the election with 53% of the vote, becoming the only person to ever defeat Sam Houston in a political contest.

1857 Texas gubernatorial election

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Nominee Hardin R. Runnels Sam Houston
Party Democratic Know Nothing
Popular vote 32,552 28,628
Percentage 53.2% 46.8%

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Governor before election

Elisha M. Pease

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Elected Governor

Hardin R. Runnels


General Election Results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hardin Richard Runnels 32,552 53.21%
Know Nothing Sam Houston 28,628 46.79%
Total votes 61,180 100.00%
Democratic gain from Know Nothing


  1. ^ "Texas Almanac".