1871 Wisconsin gubernatorial election

The 1871 Wisconsin gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1871. Republican Cadwallader C. Washburn was elected with 53% of the vote, defeating Democratic candidate James Rood Doolittle.[1] Incumbent Governor Lucius Fairchild did not seek re-election.

1871 Wisconsin gubernatorial election

← 1869 November 7, 1871 1873 →
Nominee Cadwallader C. Washburn James Rood Doolittle
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 78,301 68,910
Percentage 53.17% 46.79%

County results
Washburn :      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Doolittle :      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Lucius Fairchild

Elected Governor

Cadwallader C. Washburn

Both major party candidates in this election had served as delegates to the Peace Conference of 1861 which attempted to avert the American Civil War.

Republican Party


Cadwallader C. Washburn had just left office as Congressman for Wisconsin's 6th congressional district, having served a total of ten years in the United States House of Representatives. Between his years in Congress, Washburn had served as a Union Army general in the Civil War under Ulysses S. Grant.

Democratic Party


James Rood Doolittle had served twelve years as a Republican United States Senator before becoming the Democratic Party's nominee for Governor in the 1871 election. Prior to his service in the U.S. Senate, Doolittle had been a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge.


Wisconsin Gubernatorial Election, 1871
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
General Election, November 7, 1871[2]
Republican Cadwallader C. Washburn 78,301 53.17% +0.01%
Democratic James Rood Doolittle 68,910 46.79% −0.05%
Scattering 63 0.04%
Total votes '147,274' '100.0%' +12.65%
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. ^ 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.