1863 Wisconsin gubernatorial election

The 1863 Wisconsin gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1863. Republican Party candidate James T. Lewis won the election with nearly 60% of the vote, defeating Democratic candidate Henry L. Palmer.[1]

1863 Wisconsin gubernatorial election
← 1861 November 3, 1863 1865 →
  James T. Lewis Cropped.jpg Henry L. Palmer.jpg
Nominee James T. Lewis Henry L. Palmer
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 72,717 49,053
Percentage 59.59% 40.20%

1863 Wisconsin gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results
Lewis:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Palmer:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Edward Salomon

Elected Governor

James T. Lewis

The incumbent Governor, Edward Salomon, had ascended to office after the accidental drowning of his predecessor, Louis P. Harvey, in April 1862. He was a former Democrat who had been elected Lieutenant Governor on the Republican Party's Union ticket in 1861. He was not re-nominated by the Republican Party.

Democratic PartyEdit

Henry L. Palmer was a former Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, and had served three terms in the Assembly and one term in the Wisconsin State Senate prior to the 1863 election.

Republican (Union) PartyEdit

James T. Lewis was the incumbent Wisconsin Secretary of State at the time of the 1863 election, having been elected on the Union ticket in the 1861 election. Lewis was also a former Democrat. As a Democrat, he had previously served as Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin from 1854 to 1856, and represented Columbia County in the state legislature for two years—in the Assembly for the 1852 session, and in the Senate for the 1853 session.


Wisconsin Gubernatorial Election, 1863
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
General Election, November 3, 1863
Republican James T. Lewis 72,717 59.59% +5.40%
Democratic Henry L. Palmer 49,053 40.20%
Scattering 259 0.21%
Total votes '122,029' '100.0%' +22.97%
Republican hold


  1. ^ Joint Committee on Legislative Organization, Wisconsin Legislature (2015). Wisconsin Blue Book 2015–2016. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Department of Administration. pp. 699–701. ISBN 978-0-9752820-7-6.