U.S. Senate, 1859 Election


Date: December 15, 1859
Cycle: 1859
Office: U.S. Senate
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Morton S. Wilkinson Man Republican 79 69.91 +40.71
James Shields Incumbent Man Democrat 33 29.20
Willis A. Gorman Man Democrat 1 0.88

Elected by the state legislature in a joint convention.

Wilkinson was an attorney from Stillwater, former territorial Representative (HD 02, 1849-1850), and former Ramsey County Register of Deeds (1851-1853).

Gorman was a former Minnesota Territorial Governor (1853-1857).


  • Journal of the Senate of the Second Legislature of the State of Minnesota, 1860 (pg. 58).