1861 Texas gubernatorial election

The 1861 Texas gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1861 to elect the Governor of Texas. Incumbent Governor Edward Clark was running for his first full term but was defeated by Francis Lubbock by a margin of 124 votes.

1861 Texas gubernatorial election

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Nominee Francis Lubbock Edward Clark Thomas J. Chambers
Party Independent Independent Independent
Popular vote 21,854 21,730 13,759
Percentage 38.1% 37.8% 24.0%

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Governor before election

Edward Clark

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Elected Governor

Francis Lubbock

The election was the first of two held in Texas during the American Civil War. Texas was, at the time, a Confederate state.


General Election Results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Francis Lubbock 21,854 38.05%
Independent Edward Clark (incumbent) 21,730 37.84%
Independent Thomas J. Chambers 13,759 23.96%
No Party Write-ins 85 0.15%
Total votes 57,428 100.00%
Independent hold


  1. ^ "Texas Almanac". Archived from the original on 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2015-08-21.