1865 Election Cycle

In January 1865, the state legislature elected Winona state Senator Daniel Norton to the U.S. Senate.

In November, Minnesotans elected their third different Governor in three cycles (Republican William Marshall) and the GOP also won each of the remaining constitutional offices on the ballot: Lieutenant Governor (Thomas Armstrong), Secretary of State (Henry Rogers), Attorney General (William Colville), and Treasurer (Charles Scheffer). Democratic nominees were more competitive this cycle, losing by between 11 and 14 points compared to 21+ points for these five offices two years prior.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/07/1865 State House, District 07 General Robert C. (R.C.) Masters (Democrat) won with 1,097 votes (28.22%) and a winning margin of +5.94
John D. (J.D.) Smith (Democrat) won with 1,067 votes (27.44%) and a winning margin of +5.17
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Robert C. (R.C.) Masters Man Democrat 1,097 28.22
John D. (J.D.) Smith Man Democrat 1,067 27.44
John C. (J.C.) Couper Man Union Republican 866 22.27
H.G.O. Morrison Man Union Republican 858 22.07
11/07/1865 State Senate, District 10 General N.F. Randolph (Union Republican) won with 716 votes (64.62%) and a winning margin of +29.24
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
N.F. Randolph Man Union Republican 716 64.62
S.L. McCarty Man Democrat 392 35.38

Randolph was a resident of Mount Pleasant.

McCarty was a resident of Plainview.

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11/07/1865 State Senate, District 09 General Joseph A. (J.A.) Thacher (Union Republican) won with 735 votes (63.64%) and a winning margin of +27.27
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Joseph A. (J.A.) Thacher Man Union Republican 735 63.64
William W. (W.W.) Phelps Man Democrat 420 36.36
11/07/1865 State Senate, District 07 General Dudley F. (D.F.) Langley (Democrat) won with 1,109 votes (57.85%) and a winning margin of +15.70
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Dudley F. (D.F.) Langley Incumbent Man Democrat 1,109 57.85
William G. Le Due Man Union Republican 808 42.15
11/07/1865 State House, District 10 General William Brown (iv) (Union Republican) won with 702 votes (63.07%) and a winning margin of +26.15
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
William Brown (iv) Man Union Republican 702 63.07
A.T. Sharpe Man Democrat 411 36.93

Brown was a resident of Elgin.

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