1858 Delaware gubernatorial election

The 1858 Delaware gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1858. Incumbent Know Nothing Governor Peter F. Causey was unable to seek re-election. His 1854 opponent, William Burton, once again ran as the Democratic nominee. James S. Buckmaster, the former State Treasurer,[1] ran as the People's Party[a] candidate. Burton narrowly defeated Buckmaster to win back the governorship for the Democratic Party.[3]

1858 Delaware gubernatorial election

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  William Burton (governor).jpg
Nominee William Burton James S. Buckmaster
Party Democratic Party (United States) People's Party
Popular vote 6,941 6,244
Percentage 52.64% 47.36%

Governor before election

Peter F. Causey
Know Nothing

Elected Governor

William Burton
Democratic Party (United States)

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

1858 Delaware gubernatorial election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William Burton 7,758 50.67% +3.31%
People's Party James S. Buckmaster 7,554 49.33%
Majority 204 1.33% -3.95%
Turnout 15,312 100.00%
Democratic gain from Know Nothing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Conrad 1908, p. 250.
  2. ^ Hancock, Harold Bell (1961). Delaware During the Civil War: A Political History (PDF) (ePub ed.). Historic Society of Delaware. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-924117-43-5. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  3. ^ 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. pp. 194–95.
  4. ^ 1859 House Journal, p. 56

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, 67th General Assembly, 1st Reg. Sess. (1859).

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The people's party was founded in 1858 for this election. It was a confederation of the burgeoning Republican Party and the declining Whig Party and Know Nothings.[2]