1863 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election

The 1863 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election occurred on October 13, 1863. Incumbent governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, a Republican, was a candidate for re-election. Curtin defeated Democratic candidate George Washington Woodward to win another term.

1863 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election

← 1860 October 13, 1863 (1863-10-13) 1866 →
Nominee Andrew Gregg Curtin George Washington Woodward
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 269,506 254,171
Percentage 51.5% 48.5%

County results

Curtin:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Woodward:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Andrew Gregg Curtin

Elected Governor

Andrew Gregg Curtin

Pennsylvania's 15th governor and a strong supporter of President Abraham Lincoln, Curtin was first inaugurated on January 15, 1861, and ultimately became known as "Pennsylvania's War Governor" because he was governor when the American Civil War broke out and then continued to serve as governor for the duration of the war. In April 1861, he had been one of the first state governors to send military units to Washington, D.C. in response to Lincoln's call for help to defend the nation's capital and was the eponym of Camp Curtin, which became one of the largest staging grounds for the Union Army after it opened that same month.[1] Following the Battle of Gettysburg, which had been waged on Pennsylvania soil barely three months before Curtin's reelection and helped turn the tide of the war in favor of preserving the Union, Curtin led the state and nation in establishing a national cemetery for the Union Army's fallen soldiers. Post-war, he led the commonwealth in building a state-funded system of more than forty soldiers' orphans' schools to educate and care for children across Pennsylvania whose fathers had been killed during the war.[2]

Results edit

Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1863[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andrew Gregg Curtin (incumbent) 269,506 51.46
Democratic George Washington Woodward 254,171 48.54
N/A Others 2 0.00
Total votes 523,679 100.00

References edit

  1. ^ "A Famous War Governor: Andrew Gregg Curtin, Known as the Soldiers' Friend" (obituary). Indianapolis, Indiana: The Indianapolis Journal, front page (subscription required).
  2. ^ Tristan, David. "Midstate Markers: Pennsylvania's 'War Governor' Andrew Curtin." Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: WHTM-TV, July 28, 2022 (retrieved online June 3, 2023).
  3. ^ "PA Governor General Election". OurCampaigns. Retrieved May 2, 2013.