1924 United States Senate election in Illinois

The 1924 United States Senate election in Illinois took place on November 4, 1924.[1]

1924 United States Senate election in Illinois

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Nominee Charles S. Deneen Albert A. Sprague
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,449,180 806,702
Percentage 63.54% 35.37%

U.S. senator before election

Medill McCormick
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Charles S. Deneen
Republican

Incumbent Republican Medill McCormick was unseated in the Republican primary by Charles S. Deneen, who went on to win the general election.

Election informationEdit

The primaries and general election coincided with those for other federal elections (president and House) and those for state elections.[1] The primaries were held April 8, 1924.[1]

This was the first election for this U.S. Senate seat to be held after the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution granted women suffrage.

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Albert A. Sprague 169,285 62.67
Democratic William McKinley 100,859 37.34
Write-in Others 6 0.00
Total votes 270,150 100

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Deneen won by a mere 0.69% margin of just 5,944 votes.[1]

Republican primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles S. Deneen 357,545 41.70
Republican Medill McCormick (incumbent) 351,601 41.01
Republican Newton Jenkins 114,239 13.32
Republican Gilbert Gile Ogden 18,002 2.10
Republican Adelbert McPherson 15,973 0.19
Write-in Others 1 0.00
Total votes 857,361 100

Socialist primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Socialist primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Socialist George Koop 946 100
Total votes 946 100

General electionEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

1924 United States Senate election in Illinois[1][5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles S. Deneen 1,449,180 63.54
Democratic Albert A. Sprague 806,702 35.37
Socialist George Koop 18,708 0.82
Socialist Labor Albert Wirth 2,966 0.13
Workers J. Louis Engdahl 2,518 0.11
Commonwealth Land Lewis D. Spaulding 391 0.02
Independent Parke Longworth 382 0.02
Majority 642,478 28.17
Turnout 2,280,847
Republican hold

AftermathEdit

On February 25, 1925, as he was preparing to leave office, McCormick died in what is considered to have been a suicide (though the suicidal nature of his death was not known to the public, contemporarily). His reelection loss is believed to have contributed to his suicide.[6][7][8][9][10] McCormick's widow Ruth Hanna McCormick would go on to defeat Deneen in the 1930 Republican primary.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "OFFICIAL VOTE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS CAST AT THE GENERAL ELECTION, NOV. 4, 1924 JUDICIAL ELECTIONS, 1923-1924 JUDICIAL ELECTIONS, 1923-1924 SPECIAL ELECTIONS, 1923-1924 PRIMARY ELECTIONS GENERAL PRIMARY, APRIL 8, 1924 PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE, APRIL 8, 1924" (PDF). Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved December 19, 2020.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Sprague, Albert A. : Photographic Archive : The University of Chicago". photoarchive.lib.uchicago.edu. University of Chicago Photographic Library.
  3. ^ "NEWTON JENKINS, 55, LAWYER AND SOLDIER; Defeated for Mayor of Chicago and United States Senator". The New York Times. October 17, 1942. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Our Campaigns - Candidate - George Koop". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  5. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1924" (PDF). Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Rhoads, Mark (October 30, 2006). "Illinois Hall of Fame: Ruth Hanna McCormick". Illinois Review. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "National Affairs: Medill McCormick". Time magazine. March 9, 1925. Archived from the original on November 22, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  8. ^ Hill, Ray (December 16, 2012). "The Senate's Dandy: James Hamilton Lewis of Illinois - The Knoxville Focus". The Knoxville Focus. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Miller, Kristie (1988). "Ruth Hanna McCormick and the Senatorial Election of 1930". Illinois Historical Journal. 81 (3): 191–210. ISSN 0748-8149. JSTOR 40192065.
  10. ^ United States Congress. "1924 United States Senate election in Illinois (id: M000369)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.