1876 Illinois gubernatorial election

The 1876 Illinois gubernatorial election was the sixteenth election for this office. Representative Shelby Moore Cullom narrowly defeated businessman Lewis Steward for the Governorship of Illinois. This was the narrowest victory for a Republican Governor since 1856, when William H. Bissell narrowly won the office in a plurality. Cullom's victory was the sixth consecutive victory for the Republican Party. Cullom also slightly overperformed Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes in the concurrent Presidential election.

1876 Illinois gubernatorial election

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Nominee Shelby Moore Cullom Lewis Steward
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 279,263 272,465
Percentage 50.58% 49.35%

County results
Cullom:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%
Steward:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

John Lourie Beveridge

Elected Governor

Shelby Moore Cullom

Republican Andrew Shuman was elected Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. At this time in Illinois history, the Lieutenant Governor was elected on a separate ballot from the governor. This would remain so until the 1970 constitution.


1876 gubernatorial election, Illinois
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Shelby Moore Cullom 279,263 50.58% −3.83%
Democratic Lewis Steward 272,465 49.35% N/A%
Write-in Samuel B. Allen 184 0.03% N/A
Prohibition James F. Simpson 181 0.03% N/A
Majority 6,798 1.23% −8.08%
Turnout 552,093
Republican hold Swing