1919 South Carolina's 6th congressional district special election

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The 1919 South Carolina 6th congressional district special election was held on October 7, 1919, to select a Representative for the 6th congressional district to serve out the remainder of the term for the 66th Congress. The special election resulted from the death of Representative J. Willard Ragsdale on July 23, 1919. Philip H. Stoll, a former solicitor and World War I veteran, won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

The South Carolina Democratic Party held their primary in the summer of 1919 and six candidates entered the race. E.J. Sherwood emerged atop the first primary election on August 26, but was defeated in the runoff election by Philip H. Stoll on September 9. There was no opposition to the Democratic candidate in the general election so Stoll was elected to serve out the remainder of the term.

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
E.J. Sherwood 2,197 26.6
Philip H. Stoll 1,964 23.8
Julius S. McInnes 1,858 22.5
W.F. Stackhouse 1,596 19.3
Josiah J. Evans 350 4.2
J.W. LeGrande 301 3.6
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Philip H. Stoll 5,300 50.1 +26.3
E.J. Sherwood 5,274 49.9 +23.3

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Special Election Results, 1919
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Philip H. Stoll 1,861 100.0 0.0
Majority 1,861 100.0 0.0
Turnout 1,861
Democratic hold

See also[edit]


  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. p. 119.
  • "Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina. Part II." Reports of State Officers Boards and Committees to the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume II. Columbia, SC: 1920, p. 4.