1877 Election Cycle

Republicans swept all statewide elections with Governor John Pillsbury, Lieutenant Governor James Wakefield, Secretary of State John Irgens, Attorney General George Wilson, Treasurer William Pfaender, and Railroad Commissioner William Marshall all victorious in their bid for second terms by at least 18 points.

The 1877 cycle also saw the Greenback Party (an amalgam of Greenbacks, Anti-Monopolists, and Grangers) field nominees for several statewide offices.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/1877 State House, District 26 General J.H. Clark (Republican) won with 1,969 votes (17.49%) and a winning margin of +4.82
Edward McDermott (Democrat) won with 1,602 votes (14.23%) and a winning margin of +1.56
Henry George (H.G.) Hicks (Republican) won with 1,467 votes (13.03%) and a winning margin of +0.36
W.H. Johnson (i) (Republican) won with 1,450 votes (12.88%) and a winning margin of +0.21
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
J.H. Clark Incumbent Man Republican 1,969 17.49
Edward McDermott Man Democrat 1,602 14.23
Henry George (H.G.) Hicks Man Republican 1,467 13.03
W.H. Johnson (i) Man Republican 1,450 12.88
James M. Brearley Man Democrat 1,426 12.67
George H. (G.H.) Johnson Incumbent Man Republican 1,384 12.30
Charles Hoag Man Democrat 1,290 11.46
Warren Wakefield Man Democrat 668 5.93
11/06/1877 State House, District 27 General Frank L. (F.L.) Morse (Democrat) won with 1,409 votes (19.30%) and a winning margin of +3.11
Harry Ghostley (Democrat) won with 1,240 votes (16.98%) and a winning margin of +0.79
Peter Weinant (Republican) won with 1,212 votes (16.60%) and a winning margin of +0.41
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Frank L. (F.L.) Morse Man Democrat 1,409 19.30
Harry Ghostley Man Democrat 1,240 16.98
Peter Weinant Incumbent Man Republican 1,212 16.60
Daniel Bassett Man Democrat 1,182 16.19
W.E. Hale Man Republican 1,179 16.15
Andrew J. Smith Incumbent Man Republican 1,079 14.78
11/06/1877 State House, District 11 General A.B. Huntley (Democrat) won with 478 votes (64.33%) and a winning margin of +28.67
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
A.B. Huntley Man Democrat 478 64.33
J.H. Kasson Man Republican 265 35.67

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11/06/1877 State House, District 10 General James Button (Democrat) won with 1,135 votes (26.83%) and a winning margin of +2.25
Charles E. (C.E.) Stacy (Republican) won with 1,055 votes (24.94%) and a winning margin of +0.35
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
James Button Man Democrat 1,135 26.83
Charles E. (C.E.) Stacy Man Republican 1,055 24.94
M.W. Clay Man Republican 1,040 24.58
A. Huntsinger Man Democrat 1,001 23.66
11/06/1877 Governor General John S. Pillsbury (Republican) won with 57,071 votes (58.46%) and a winning margin of +18.37
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
John S. Pillsbury Incumbent Man Republican 57,071 58.46
William L. Banning Man Democrat-Greenback 39,140 40.09
Austin Willey Man Prohibition 1,421 1.46

Governor Pillsbury was reelected to a second term marking the 10th consecutive GOP win for the office.

Banning was a former banker from St. Paul and former Republican state Representative (HD 21, 1861-1862). William Meighen is incorrectly listed as the Greenback nominee for governor in official reports; the Greenback Party backed the Democratic-nominated Banning and endorsed Meighen for Lieutenant Governor.

Willey was a reverend from Northfield.

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