1861 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania

The 1861 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania was held on January 8, 1861. Edgar Cowan was elected by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to the United States Senate.[1]


Incumbent Democrat William Bigler, who was elected in 1856, was not a candidate for re-election to another term. The Pennsylvania General Assembly, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, convened on January 8, 1861, to elect a new Senator to fill the term beginning on March 4, 1861. The results of the vote of both houses combined are as follows:

State Legislature Results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Edgar Cowan 98 73.68
Democratic Henry Foster 35 26.32
Totals 133 100.00%


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Senate Election - 8 January 1861" (PDF). Wilkes University. Retrieved 22 December 2013.

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Preceded by Pennsylvania U.S. Senate election (Class III)
Succeeded by