United States gubernatorial elections were held in 1891, in seven states.
Democratic gain Democratic hold
Republican gain Republican hold
Kentucky and Maryland held their gubernatorial elections in odd numbered years, every 4 years, preceding the United States presidential election year. Massachusetts and Rhode Island both elected its governors to a single-year term, which they would abandon in 1920 and 1912, respectively. Iowa and Ohio at this time held gubernatorial elections in every odd numbered year.
|Iowa||Horace Boies||Democratic||Re-elected, 49.38%||Hiram C. Wheeler (Republican) 47.43%|
A. J. Westfall (Populist) 2.97%
Isaac T. Gibson (Prohibition) 0.22%
(held, 3 August 1891)
|Simon Bolivar Buckner||Democratic||Term-limited, Democratic victory||John Y. Brown (Democratic) 49.85%|
Andrew T. Wood (Republican) 40.14%
S. B. Erwin (Populist) 8.86%
Josiah Harris (Prohibition) 1.14%
|Maryland||Elihu Emory Jackson||Democratic||Retired, Democratic victory||Frank Brown (Democratic) 56.52%|
William J. Vannort (Republican) 40.82%
Edwin Higgins (Prohibition) 2.67%
|Massachusetts||William E. Russell||Democratic||Re-elected, 49.12%||Charles Herbert Allen (Republican) 47.11%|
Charles E. Kimball (Prohibition) 2.79%
Henry Winn (Populist) 0.54%
Harry W. Robinson (Socialist Labor) 0.44%
|New York||David B. Hill||Democratic||Retired to take up seat in the U.S. Senate, Democratic victory||Roswell P. Flower (Democratic) 50.13%|
Jacob Sloat Fassett (Republican) 46.00%
Joseph W. Bruce (Prohibition) 2.61%
Daniel De Leon (Socialist Labor) 1.26%
|Ohio||James E. Campbell||Democratic||Defeated, 45.90%||William McKinley (Republican) 48.61%|
John Seitz (Populist) 2.95%
John J. Ashenhurst (Prohibition) 2.54%
(held, 1 April 1891)
|John W. Davis||Democratic||Defeated, 48.95%[b]||Herbert W. Ladd (Republican) 46.19%|
John H. Larry (Prohibition) 4.02%
Franklin E. Burton (National) 0.85%
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- The Journal of the Senate of the State of Ohio, for the Regular Session of the Seventieth General Assembly, commencing on Monday, January 4th, 1892. Vol. LXXXIX. Columbus, Ohio: The Westbote Co., State Printers. 1892. p. 20.
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- John Milton Thayer (R) succeeded Nebraska Governor James E. Boyd (D) who was removed from office by the Nebraska Supreme Court in May 1891. Boyd's citizenship would be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and he would be restored to office in February 1892.
- Since no candidate received 50% of the vote, the state legislature decided the election. Ladd was elected.
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