1874 Election Cycle

Republicans won all three U.S. House contests by single digits including the 2nd CD by less than a point with incumbent Horace Strait surviving an election contest by Democrat E. St. Julien Cox.

Republican control fell to 21 to 18 in the state Senate (plus two independents) and 54 to 48 in the state House (with two independents).

Appointed Chief Justice S.J.R. McMillan was elected to a full term on the Supreme Court as was former Attorney General Francis Cornell to one of the seats for Associate Justice.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/03/1874 U.S. House, District 02 General Horace Strait (Republican) won with 13,746 votes (50.35%) and a winning margin of +0.78
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Horace Strait Incumbent Man Republican 13,746 50.35
E. St. Julien Cox Man Democrat 13,532 49.57
Scattering Write-In 23 0.08

The election was unsuccessfully contested by Cox.

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11/03/1874 U.S. House, District 01 General Mark H. Dunnell (Republican) won with 16,716 votes (54.92%) and a winning margin of +9.84
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Mark H. Dunnell Incumbent Man Republican 16,716 54.92
Franklin Waite Man Democrat 13,721 45.08
11/03/1874 State House, District 31 General Morvalden Angerstoff (M.A.) Taylor (Republican) won with 370 votes (50.68%) and a winning margin of +1.37
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Morvalden Angerstoff (M.A.) Taylor Man Republican 370 50.68
Nelson H. (N.H.) Miner Man Democrat 360 49.32
11/03/1874 State House, District 31 General Bartholemew Pirz (Democrat) won with 308 votes (54.71%) and a winning margin of +9.41
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Bartholemew Pirz Man Democrat 308 54.71
R.L. Lovelace Man Republican 255 45.29
11/03/1874 Supreme Court Chief Justice General Samuel J.R. (S.J.R.) McMillan (Nonpartisan) won with 51,506 votes (55.53%) and a winning margin of +11.20
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Samuel J.R. (S.J.R.) McMillan Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 51,506 55.53
Wescott Wilkin Man Nonpartisan 41,120 44.33
Scattering Write-In 130 0.14

Associate Justice McMillan (1864-1874) was appointed Chief Justice by Governor Cushman Davis after the resignation of Charles Ripley in March 1874 due to ill health. Chief Justice McMillan resigned after getting elected to the U.S. Senate on February 19, 1875. Governor Davis appointed former Chief Justice James Gilfillan (1869-1870) to fill the vacancy on March 10, 1875.

Wilkin was a resident of St. Paul and Ramsey County district court judge. He was endorsed by the Democrats.

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