1861 United States Senate special election in Pennsylvania

The 1861 United States Senate special election in Pennsylvania was held on March 14, 1861. David Wilmot was elected by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to the United States Senate.[1]


The Republican Simon Cameron was elected to the United States Senate by the General Assembly, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, in January 1857. Sen. Cameron resigned on March 4, 1861, to become United States Secretary of War in the Abraham Lincoln administration, vacating the seat.[2]


Following the resignation of Sen. Simon Cameron, the Pennsylvania General Assembly convened on March 14, 1861, to elect a new Senator to fill the vacancy. The results of the vote of both houses combined are as follows:

State Legislature Results[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Wilmot 96 72.18
Democratic William H. Welsh 34 25.56
Republican Winthrop W. Ketcham 1 0.75
Democratic William Wilkins 1 0.75
N/A Not voting 1 0.75
Totals 133 100.00%

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Senate Election - 14 March 1861" (PDF). Wilkes University. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  2. ^ "CAMERON, Simon, (1799 - 1889)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  3. ^ "PA US Senate - Special Election". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 22 December 2012.

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Preceded by Pennsylvania U.S. Senate election (Class I)
Succeeded by