Clerk of the Supreme Court, 1881 Election


Date: November 8, 1881
Cycle: 1881
Office: Clerk of the Supreme Court
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Samuel H. (S.H.) Nichols Incumbent Man Republican 64,783 63.21 +29.74
John J. (J.J.) Thornton Man Democrat 34,303 33.47
C.C. Brackett Man Greenback 2,536 2.47
A.C. Dunn Man Prohibition 756 0.74

Clerk of the Supreme Court Nichols was reelected to a third term by the largest victory margin for the office in state history at that point.

Thornton was an attorney from St. James.

Brackett was a professor from Hennepin County.


  • The Saint Paul Daily Globe, January 4, 1882 (p. 2).