U.S. Senate, 1869 Election


Date: January 19, 1869
Cycle: 1869
Office: U.S. Senate
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Alexander Ramsey Incumbent Man Republican 52 80.00 +60.00
Charles W. Nash Man Democrat 13 20.00

Elected by the state legislature with each chamber voting separately. Senator Ramsey received 16 of 21 votes in the state Senate and 36 of 44 in the state House. Nash was the 1865 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. The legislature declared Ramsey the duly elected U.S. Senator in a joint convention on January 20, 1869.

Nash was an attorney from Hastings, former state Senator (SD 07, 1862-1864), and Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 1865.


  • Journal of the House of Representatives of the Eleventh Session of the Legislature of the State of Minnesota, 1869 (p. 34, 39). The Saint Cloud Journal, January 21, 1869 (p. 2).