1869 Wisconsin gubernatorial election

The 1869 Wisconsin gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1869. Incumbent Republican Party Governor Lucius Fairchild won re-election with over 53% of the vote, defeating Democratic candidate Charles D. Robinson.[1]

1869 Wisconsin gubernatorial election

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Nominee Lucius Fairchild Charles D. Robinson
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 69,502 61,239
Percentage 53.14% 46.83%

1869 Wisconsin gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results
Fairchild :      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Robinson :      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Lucius Fairchild

Elected Governor

Lucius Fairchild

Democratic PartyEdit

Charles D. Robinson was a businessman and newspaper publisher and had been the 3rd Secretary of State of Wisconsin. Prior to his nomination for Governor, Robinson had served in the Wisconsin State Assembly for one term, in 1850, had served as a Quartermaster with the Union Army during the American Civil War, and served one term as Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1866. He was the creator, writer, and publisher of the Democratic paper The Green Bay Advocate since 1846.[2]

Other candidatesEdit

Republican PartyEdit

Lucius Fairchild was the incumbent Governor of Wisconsin, having been elected in the 1865 election and re-elected in 1867. Prior to his election as Governor, he was Wisconsin Secretary of State for one term. Fairchild had also been a Union Army officer in the American Civil War, having served as a colonel in the famous Iron Brigade when they participated in fierce fighting at Gettysburg. Fairchild lost an arm due to wounds sustained at Gettysburg, and was later awarded an honorary promotion to brigadier general.[4]


Wisconsin Gubernatorial Election, 1869[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
General Election, November 2, 1869
Republican Lucius Fairchild (incumbent) 69,502 53.14% +1.48%
Democratic Charles D. Robinson 61,239 46.83% -1.50%
Scattering 40 0.03%
Total votes '130,781' '100.0%' -8.24%
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.
  2. ^ "Charles D. Robinson (1822-1886)". Archived from the original on 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
  3. ^ a b "Democratic Convention". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, Wisconsin. September 9, 1869. p. 2. Retrieved July 11, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L., eds. (1960). "Wisconsin's former governors, 1848-1959". The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1960 (Report). State of Wisconsin. pp. 108–110. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Theobald, H. Rupert, ed. (1966). "Statistical information on Wisconsin". The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1966 (Report). Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. p. 607. Retrieved June 15, 2019.