1863 Election Cycle

In January, the state legislature elected former Pennsylvania U.S. Representative, Minnesota Territorial Governor, St. Paul Mayor, and sitting Republican Governor Alexander Ramsey to the U.S. Senate.

In November, Republicans swept all seven statewide offices for Governor (Stephen Miller), Lieutenant Governor (Charles Sherwood), Secretary of State (David Blakely), Auditor (Charles McIlrath), Treasurer (Charles Scheffer), Attorney General (Gordon Cole), and Clerk of the Supreme Court (George Potter) – each by more than 20 points. Scheffer and Cole won their third terms while McIlrath was elected to his second.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/03/1863 Governor General Stephen Miller (Republican) won with 19,628 votes (60.64%) and a winning margin of +21.28
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Stephen Miller Man Republican 19,628 60.64
Henry T. Welles Man Democrat 12,739 39.36

Miller, a resident of St. Cloud, received the rank of a Brigadier General of United States Volunteers during the Civil War. He was later elected to the state House from Worthington (HD 38, 1873-1874).

Welles was a resident of Minneapolis and involved in real estate. He was the first Mayor of St. Anthony Falls (1855) and first President of the Minneapolis Town Council (1858).

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11/03/1863 Treasurer General Charles Scheffer (Republican) won with 19,667 votes (61.13%) and a winning margin of +22.27
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Charles Scheffer Incumbent Man Republican 19,667 61.13
Joseph Edelbrock Man Democrat 12,504 38.87

Treasurer Scheffer was reelected to a third term.

Edelbrock was the Mayor of St. Cloud.

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11/03/1863 State House, District 07 General Kendrick N. (K.N.) Guiteau (Democrat) won with 1,206 votes (25.48%) and a winning margin of +0.80
G.F. Ackley (Democrat) won with 1,205 votes (25.46%) and a winning margin of +0.78
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Kendrick N. (K.N.) Guiteau Man Democrat 1,206 25.48
G.F. Ackley Man Democrat 1,205 25.46
P. Van Auken Man Union Republican 1,168 24.68
S.C. Howell Man Union Republican 1,154 24.38
11/03/1863 State Senate, District 07 General Dudley F. (D.F.) Langley (Democrat) won with 1,198 votes (50.70%) and a winning margin of +1.40
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Dudley F. (D.F.) Langley Man Democrat 1,198 50.70
N.N. Thompson Man Union Republican 1,165 49.30
11/03/1863 Lieutenant Governor General Charles D. Sherwood (Republican) won with 19,601 votes (60.69%) and a winning margin of +21.39
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Charles D. Sherwood Man Republican 19,601 60.69
James S. Norris Man Democrat 12,694 39.31

Sherwood was a farmer from Elkhorn, state Representative (HD 09, 1859-161; HD 14, 1861-1862, 1863-1864), and House Speaker (1863-1864).

Norris was a farmer from Cottage Grove, member of the Territorial Council (District 1, 1849-1852), Territorial House (HD 01, 1855-1857), and later state House (HD 02, 1870-1871).

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