1893 United States Senate election in Massachusetts

The 1893 United States Senate election in Massachusetts was held during January 1893. Republican incumbent Henry L. Dawes chose not to seek a fourth term in office, and was replaced by Republican Congressman Henry Cabot Lodge.

1893 United States Senate election in Massachusetts
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280 members of the Massachusetts General Court
141 votes needed to win
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Nominee Henry Cabot Lodge Patrick Collins
Party Republican Democratic
Electoral vote 190 81
Percentage 67.86% 25.71%

Senator before election

Henry L. Dawes
Republican

Elected Senator

Henry Cabot Lodge
Republican

At the time, Massachusetts elected United States Senators by a majority vote of the combined houses of the Massachusetts General Court.

BackgroundEdit

Massachusetts was at this time an overwhelmingly Republican state and had been since the party's founding in 1856. In the 1892 state elections, Republicans won 186 of 280 seats in the legislature.[1]

Nominating caucusesEdit

RepublicanEdit

The primary candidates for the nomination were Congressmen Henry Cabot Lodge and Congressman William W. Crapo.

On January 4, Republican legislators from both houses met to caucus and determine their nominee. Crapo supporters, led by State Senator William Morgan Butler, attempted to delay the caucus until January 12 but were unsuccessful. A motion to adjourn lost, with 124 votes against to 40 votes in favor. The caucus proceeded to a final ballot, with 94 votes needed for nomination. Lodge won easily.[1]

1893 United States Senate election in Massachusetts[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry Cabot Lodge 147 79.03%
Republican William W. Crapo 30 16.13%
Republican John Davis Long 5 2.69%
Republican William Cogswell 2 1.08%
Republican Frederic T. Greenhalge 2 1.08%
Total votes 186 100.00%

DemocraticEdit

The Democrats nominated former Congressman Patrick Collins.

ResultsEdit

1893 United States Senate election in Massachusetts[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry Cabot Lodge 190 67.86%
Democratic Patrick Collins 81 28.93%
None No vote 9 3.21%
Total votes 280 100.00%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "TO SUCCEED DAWES: Henry Cabot Lodge the Republican Nominee". Los Angeles Times. 5 January 1893. p. 1.
  2. ^ "MA US Senate". OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved 6 December 2019.