1851 Wisconsin gubernatorial election

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1851 Wisconsin gubernatorial election
← 1849 November 4, 1851 1853 →
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Nominee Leonard J. Farwell Don A. J. Upham
Party Whig Democratic
Popular vote 22,319 21,812
Percentage 50.51% 49.36%

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County results
Farwell:      30–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Upham:      30–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Nelson Dewey
Democratic

Elected Governor

Leonard J. Farwell
Whig

The 1851 gubernatorial election in Wisconsin was held on November 4, 1851. Whig candidate Leonard J. Farwell won the election with 51% of the vote, winning his first term as Governor of Wisconsin. Farwell defeated Democratic candidate Don A. J. Upham.[1]

Democratic Party[edit]

Don A. J. Upham had been Mayor of Milwaukee for two years just prior to his run for Governor. Before that, he had served extensively in the government of the Wisconsin Territory prior to statehood—as a member of the Council (upper chamber of the legislature) and as President of the first Constitutional Convention.

Whig Party[edit]

Leonard J. Farwell owned a considerable amount of land in the Madison area and had invested in improvements. He had been active in establishing the Wisconsin Historical Society, the state agricultural society, the state public school system, and the state university.

Results[edit]

Wisconsin Gubernatorial Election, 1851[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
General Election, November 4, 1851
Whig Leonard J. Farwell 22,319 50.51% +14.87%
Democratic Don A. J. Upham 21,812 49.36% -3.06%
Scattering 59 0.13%
Plurality 5,332 1.15% -15.64%
Total votes 44,190 100.0% +39.14%
Whig gain from Democratic Swing 17.94%

Results by County[edit]

Farwell
Whig
Upham
Democratic
Margin County Total[2]
County # % # % # % #
Bad Ax 52 37.68% 86 62.32% 34 24.64% 138
Brown 299 48.46% 318 51.54% 19 3.08% 617
Calumet 63 32.81% 129 67.19% 66 34.38% 192
Columbia 714 49.17% 738 50.83% 24 1.65% 1,452
Crawford 48 28.07% 123 71.93% 75 43.86% 171
Dane 1,454 58.14% 1,047 41.86% 407 16.27% 2,501
Dodge 1,302 48.17% 1,401 51.83% 99 3.66% 2,703
Fond du Lac 877 50.34% 865 49.66% 12 0.69% 1,742
Grant 1,026 51.02% 985 48.98% 41 2.04% 2,011
Green 504 48.74% 530 51.26% 26 2.51% 1,034
Iowa 659 49.25% 679 50.75% 20 1.49% 1,338
Jefferson 1,121 49.32% 1,152 50.68% 31 1.36% 2,273
Kenosha 809 68.79% 367 31.21% 442 37.59% 1,176
La Crosse 68 23.69% 219 76.31% 151 52.61% 287
Lafayette 467 39.61% 712 60.39% 245 20.78% 1,179
Manitowoc 93 22.09% 328 77.91% 235 55.82% 421
Marathon 113 54.33% 95 45.67% 18 8.65% 208
Marquette 492 51.14% 470 48.86% 22 2.29% 962
Milwaukee 2,494 50.77% 2,418 49.23% 76 1.55% 4,912
Outagamie 225 36.82% 386 63.18% 161 26.35% 611
Portage 142 42.90% 189 57.10% 47 14.20% 331
Racine 1,087 59.30% 746 40.70% 341 18.60% 1,833
Richland 117 46.25% 136 53.75% 19 7.51% 253
Rock 1,771 60.82% 1,141 39.18% 630 21.63% 2,912
Sauk 474 49.17% 490 50.83% 16 1.66% 964
Sheboygan 552 35.34% 1,010 64.66% 458 29.32% 1,562
St. Croix 71 41.52% 100 58.48% 29 16.96% 171
Walworth 1,641 65.67% 858 34.33% 783 31.33% 2,499
Washington 520 22.81% 1,760 77.19% 1,240 54.39% 2,280
Waukesha 1,541 50.56% 1,507 49.44% 34 1.12% 3,048
Waupaca 58 46.77% 66 53.23% 8 6.45% 124
Waushara 195 69.40% 86 30.60% 109 38.79% 281
Winnebago 1,023 64.22% 570 35.78% 453 28.44% 1,593

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joint Committee on Legislative Organization, Wisconsin Legislature (2015). Wisconsin Blue Book 2015–2016. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Department of Administration. pp. 699–701. ISBN 978-0-9752820-7-6.
  2. ^ Dubin, Michael J. (2003). United States gubernatorial elections, 1776-1860. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland.