1862 Vermont gubernatorial election

The 1862 Vermont gubernatorial election for governor of Vermont was held on Tuesday, September 2.[1] In keeping with the "Mountain Rule", incumbent Republican Frederick Holbrook was a candidate for a second one-year term.[2][3] The Democratic nominee was Benjamin H. Smalley, who had been on the ballot in 1861 as the gubernatorial candidate of the "Peace Democrats," who favored compromise with the Confederacy.[4]

1862 Vermont gubernatorial election

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Nominee Frederick Holbrook Benjamin H. Smalley
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 29,543 3,772
Percentage 88.5% 11.3%

Governor before election

Frederick Holbrook

Elected Governor

Frederick Holbrook

Vermont continued to strongly support the Union and the Republican Party.[2] Holbrook was backed by Republicans and pro-Union Democrats, and easily defeated Smalley to win a one-year term that began on October 10.[2][5]

General electionEdit


1862 Vermont gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frederick Holbrook (incumbent) 29,543 88.5%
Democratic Benjamin H. Smalley 3,772 11.3%
Scattering 77 0.2%
Total votes '33,392' '100'


  1. ^ "Republican State Nominations". Vermont Journal. Windsor, VT. August 2, 1862. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b c d Armstrong, Howard E. (1955). Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual. Montpelier, VT: Vermont Secretary of State. p. 274 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Hand, Samuel B. (2003). "Mountain Rule Revisited" (PDF). Vermont History. Montpelier, VT: Vermont Historical Society. pp. 140, 143.
  4. ^ Dell, Christopher (1975). Lincoln and the War Democrats: The Grand Erosion of Conservative Tradition. Teaneck, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-8386-1466-2 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Legislature of Vermont: House". The Burlington Free Press. Burlington, VT. October 11, 1862. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com.