1872 Election Cycle

Ulysses Grant carried Minnesota en route to his landslide reelection victory. His 22.5-point win was his fifth best showing in the 10-state Midwest region behind Nebraska (41.4 points), Kansas (33.7 points), Iowa (27.9 points), and Michigan (27.2 points).

Congressional apportionment awarded Minnesota a third U.S. House seat with Republicans Mark Dunnell and John Averill reelected to two of them and Shakopee Mayor Horace Strait carrying the other. Republicans continued to hold the offices of state Auditor (O.P. Whitcomb) and Clerk of the Supreme Court with Sherwood Hough winning his third and final term for the latter.

Republicans entered the 15th Legislature in 1873 holding a 30-11 advantage over the Democrats in the state Senate and 78-28 advantage in the state House.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/05/1872 Clerk of the Supreme Court General Sherwood Hough (Republican) won with 53,322 votes (60.81%) and a winning margin of +21.68
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Sherwood Hough Incumbent Man Republican 53,322 60.81
James George Man Democrat 34,314 39.14
Scattering Write-In 44 0.05

Clerk of the Supreme Court Hough was reelected to a third term.

George was a colonel from Rochester, Democratic nominee for an At-large U.S. House seat in 1860 and for U.S. Senate in 1865.

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11/05/1872 State Senate, District 09 General Milo White (Republican) won with 865 votes (60.70%) and a winning margin of +21.40
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Milo White Incumbent Man Republican 865 60.70
H.G. McCaleb Man Democrat 560 39.30

McCaleb was a resident of Marion.

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11/05/1872 U.S. House, District 01 General Mark H. Dunnell (Republican) won with 20,806 votes (65.62%) and a winning margin of +31.24
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Mark H. Dunnell Incumbent Man Republican 20,806 65.62
Morton S. Wilkinson Man Democrat 10,901 34.38
11/05/1872 U.S. House, District 02 General Horace Strait (Republican) won with 15,712 votes (57.38%) and a winning margin of +14.77
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Horace Strait Man Republican 15,712 57.38
Christopher C. Graham Man Democrat 11,668 42.61
Scattering Write-In 2 0.01

Strait was the Mayor of Shakopee (1870-1872).

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11/05/1872 State Senate, District 05 General T.G. Jonsrud (Republican) won with 1,568 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
T.G. Jonsrud Man Republican 1,568 100.00