The 1872 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election occurred on October 8, 1872. Incumbent governor John W. Geary, a Republican, was not a candidate for re-election. Republican candidate John F. Hartranft defeated Democratic candidate Charles R. Buckalew to become Governor of Pennsylvania. George Washington Cass, William McClelland, and Hendrick Bradley Wright unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination.
|Republican||John F. Hartranft||353,287||52.55|
|Democratic||Charles R. Buckalew||317,700||47.26|
|Prohibition||Salmon B. Chase||1,250||0.19|
|Independent||Winthrop W. Ketchum||1||0.00|
- "PA Governor General Election". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 2 May 2013.