Governor, 1877 Election


Date: November 6, 1877
Cycle: 1877
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
John S. Pillsbury Incumbent Man Republican 57,071 58.46 +18.37
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.


  • Journal of the House of Representatives of the Twentieth Legislature of the State of Minnesota, 1878 (p. 18). The Minneapolis Tribune, January 11, 1878 (p. 1). The Worthington Advance, January 17, 1878 (p. 4). The Worthington Advance, September 27, 1877 (p. 2).