1868 and 1869 United States House of Representatives elections Information

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1868 and 1869 United States House of Representatives elections

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All 243 [c] seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
122 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
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Leader James Blaine Michael Kerr
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat Maine 3rd Indiana 3rd
Last election 175 seats 47 seats
Seats won 171 67
Seat change Decrease 4 Increase 20

  Third party
 
Party Conservative
Last election 2 seats
Seats won 5
Seat change Increase 3

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Map of U.S. House elections results from 1868 elections for 41st Congress

Speaker before election

Theodore M. Pomeroy
Republican

Elected Speaker

James Blaine
Republican

Elections to the United States House of Representatives were held in 1868 to elect Representatives to the 41st United States Congress. The election coincided with the presidential election of 1868, which was won by Ulysses S. Grant.

The Democrats gained 20 seats, but Grant's Republican Party retained a commanding majority in the Reconstruction era following the American Civil War, holding onto a firm legitimacy through an association with victory. As more Southern states exited Reconstruction, more Democratic seats appeared in the South. However, Democratic gains in the South were limited, as the Republican power-brokers of Reconstruction held a great deal of influence. The small Conservative Party of Virginia also picked up several seats in Virginia, as it had support among wealthy Southern leaders who wanted to increase the region's power.

Special elections

There were special elections in 1868 and 1869 to the 40th United States Congress and 41st United States Congress.

Special elections are sorted by date then district.

40th Congress

Readmission of state are treated here as regular (late) elections, not special elections.

District Incumbent This race
Representative Party First elected Results Candidates
Kentucky 9
Ohio 8 Cornelius S. Hamilton Republican [ data unknown/missing] Incumbent died December 22, 1867.
New member elected February 5, 1868.
Republican hold.
Missouri 5
Pennsylvania 9
Pennsylvania 20
Arkansas 2
Illinois 3
Massachusetts 7

Election summaries

Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia were readmitted during this Congress, leaving Congress without vacant State delegations for the first time since 1860. Georgia had been partially readmitted in the previous Congress, but was not initially admitted to the 41st Congress. With Georgia's final readmission in 1870, all former Confederate states were once more represented in Congress.

67 5 171
Democratic [d] Republican
State Type Total
seats
Democratic Conservative Republican
Seats Change Seats Change Seats Change
Alabama [e] District 6 2 Increase 2 0 Steady 4 Decrease 2
Arkansas District 3 1 Increase 1 0 Steady 2 Decrease 1
California District 3 2 Steady 0 Steady 1 Steady
Connecticut [e] District 4 1 Decrease 2 0 Steady 3 Increase 2
Delaware At-large 1 1 Steady 0 Steady 0 Steady
Florida [f] At-large 1 0 Steady 0 Steady 1 Steady
Georgia [g] District 7 [h] 4 Increase 2 0 Steady 3 Decrease 1
Illinois District
+ 1 at-large
14 4 Increase 1 0 Steady 10 Decrease 1
Indiana [f] District 11 4 Increase 1 0 Steady 7 Decrease 1
Iowa [f] District 6 0 Steady 0 Steady 6 Steady
Kansas At-large 1 0 Steady 0 Steady 1 Steady
Kentucky District 9 [h] 9 Increase 2 0 Steady 0 Decrease 1
Louisiana District 5 0 Decrease 1 0 Steady 5 Increase 1
Maine [f] District 5 0 Steady 0 Steady 5 Steady
Maryland District 5 5 Increase 2 0 Decrease 1 0 Decrease 1
Massachusetts District 10 0 Steady 0 Steady 10 Steady
Michigan District 6 0 Steady 0 Steady 6 Steady
Minnesota District 2 1 Increase 1 0 Steady 1 Decrease 1
Mississippi [g] District 5 0 Steady 0 Steady 5 Increase 5
Missouri District 9 2 Increase 1 0 Steady 7 Decrease 1
Nebraska [f] At-large 1 0 Steady 0 Steady 1 Steady
Nevada At-large 1 0 Steady 0 Steady 1 Steady
New Hampshire [e] District 3 0 Steady 0 Steady 3 Steady
New Jersey District 5 3 Increase 1 0 Steady 2 Decrease 1
New York District 31 12 Increase 2 0 Steady 19 Decrease 2
North Carolina District 7 1 Increase 1 0 Decrease 1 6 Steady
Ohio [f] District 19 6 Increase 3 0 Steady 13 Decrease 3
Oregon [f] At-large 1 1 Increase 1 0 Steady 0 Decrease 1
Pennsylvania [f] District 24 6 Steady 0 Steady 18 Steady
Rhode Island District 2 0 Steady 0 Steady 2 Steady
South Carolina District 4 0 Steady 0 Steady 4 Steady
Tennessee District 8 0 Steady 0 Steady 8 Steady
Texas [g] District 4 1 Increase 1 0 Steady 3 Increase 3
Vermont [f] District 3 0 Steady 0 Steady 3 Steady
Virginia [g] District 8 0 Steady 5 Increase 5 3 Increase 3
West Virginia [f] District 3 0 Steady 0 Steady 3 Steady
Wisconsin District 6 1 Steady 0 Steady 5 Steady
Total [c] 243 67
27.6%
Increase 22 5
2.1%
Increase 3 171
70.4%
Decrease 6
House seats
Democratic
27.57%
Conservative
2.06%
Republican
70.37%

Election dates

Mississippi held rejected elections on July 1, 1868. New (accepted) elections were held December 1, 1869.

In 1845, Congress passed a law providing for a uniform nationwide date for choosing Presidential electors. This law did not affect election dates for Congress, which remained within the jurisdiction of State governments, but over time, the States moved their Congressional elections to that date. 1868 was the first year in which the majority of States (20 of 37) held their elections on that date. There were still 9 states which held elections before that date and 4 that held regular elections after that date, in addition to 4 readmitted states that held elections after that date.

California

District Incumbent This race
Representative Party First elected Results Candidates
California 1 Samuel Beach Axtell Democratic 1867 Re-elected
California 2 William Higby Republican 1863 Lost renomination
Republican hold
California 3 James A. Johnson Democratic 1867 Re-elected

Florida

Election to the current term

District Incumbent This race
Representative Party First elected Results Candidates
Florida at-large None State readmitted.
New member elected May 5, 1868 to finish the term and seated July 1, 1868.
Republican gain. [1]
Winner was later re-elected to the next term.
  • Green tickY Charles M. Hamilton (Republican) 58.1%
  • John Friend (Democratic) 32.6%
  • Liberty Billings (Independent) 9.4%

Election to the next term

Florida elected its one at-large member on December 29, 1868, re-electing Hamilton who had just been elected in May to finish the current term.

District Incumbent This race
Representative Party First elected Results Candidates
Florida at-large Charles M. Hamilton Republican 1868 [i] Re-elected
  • Green tickY Charles M. Hamilton (Republican) 56.4%
  • W. D. Barnes (Democratic) 38.5%
  • William U. Saunders (Independent) 5.1%

Massachusetts

District Incumbent This race
Representative Party First elected Results Candidates
Massachusetts 1
Massachusetts 2
Massachusetts 3
Massachusetts 4
Massachusetts 5
Massachusetts 6
Massachusetts 7
Massachusetts 8
Massachusetts 9
Massachusetts 10 Henry L. Dawes Republican 1856 Incumbent re-elected. [2]

Mississippi

1868 rejected elections

Mississippi elected its members July 1, 1868, but that election was later rejected by the House.

District Incumbent This race
Representative Party First elected Results Candidates
Mississippi 1 None, seat not admitted New member elected, but election rejected by the House.
Mississippi 2 None, seat not admitted New member elected, but election rejected by the House.
Mississippi 3 None, seat not admitted New member elected, but election rejected by the House.
Mississippi 4 None, seat not admitted New member elected, but election rejected by the House.
Mississippi 5 None, seat not admitted New member elected, but election rejected by the House.

1869 accepted elections

Mississippi then held new elections December 1, 1869 both: to finish the term in the 40th Congress and to the next term (starting in 1871) in the 41st Congress. Both elections had the same vote totals and were accepted by the House. The new members were seated in 1870.

District Incumbent This race
Representative Party First elected Results Candidates
Mississippi 1 None, seat not admitted New member elected to finish the term and to the next term.
Republican gain.
Mississippi 2 None, seat not admitted New member elected to finish the term and to the next term.
Republican gain.
Mississippi 3 None, seat not admitted New member elected to finish the term and to the next term.
Republican gain.
Mississippi 4 None, seat not admitted New member elected to finish the term and to the next term.
Republican gain.
Mississippi 5 None, seat not admitted New member elected to finish the term and to the next term.
Republican gain.

Ohio

District Incumbent This race
Representative Party First elected Results Candidates [18]
Ohio 1 Benjamin Eggleston Republican 1864 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Ohio 2 Samuel F. Cary Ind-Republican 1867 (Special) Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Republican hold.
Ohio 3 Robert C. Schenck Republican 1862 Incumbent re-elected.
Ohio 4 William Lawrence Republican 1864 Incumbent re-elected.
Ohio 5 William Mungen Democratic 1866 Incumbent re-elected.
  • Green tickY William Mungen (Democratic) 59.3%
  • Thomas E. Grissell (Republican) 40.7%
Ohio 6 Reader W. Clarke Republican 1864 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican hold.
Ohio 7 Samuel Shellabarger Republican 1864 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican hold.
Ohio 8 John Beatty Republican 1868 (Special) Incumbent re-elected.
  • Green tickY John Beatty (Republican) 52.0%
  • John H. Benson (Democratic) 48.0%
Ohio 9 Ralph P. Buckland Republican 1864 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Ohio 10 James M. Ashley Republican 1862 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Ohio 11 John Thomas Wilson Republican 1866 Incumbent re-elected.
Ohio 12 Philadelph Van Trump Democratic 1866 Incumbent re-elected.
Ohio 13 Columbus Delano Republican 1866 [j] Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Ohio 14 Martin Welker Republican 1864 Incumbent re-elected.
Ohio 15 Tobias A. Plants Republican 1864 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican hold.
Ohio 16 John Bingham Republican 1864 Incumbent re-elected.
  • Green tickY John Bingham (Republican) 50.8%
  • Josiah M. Estep (Democratic) 49.2%
Ohio 17 Ephraim R. Eckley Republican 1862 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican hold.
Ohio 18 Rufus P. Spalding Republican 1862 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican hold.
Ohio 19 James A. Garfield Republican 1862 Incumbent re-elected.

Non-voting members

Montana Territory

The election date is speculative. [19]

District Incumbent This race
Representative Party First elected Results Candidates
Montana Territory at-large James M. Cavanaugh Democratic 1868 Incumbent re-elected.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Excludes states readmitted after the start of Congress.
  2. ^ The majority of States held elections on November 3, 1868 (i.e. " Election Day") for the first time.
  3. ^ a b Including late elections.
  4. ^ Conservatives won 5 seats.
  5. ^ a b c Elections held late.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Elections held early.
  7. ^ a b c d Readmitted state.
  8. ^ a b Previous election had one vacancy.
  9. ^ Late election to 40th Congress.
  10. ^ Columbus Delano lost election in 1866 to George W. Morgan, contested the election and was seated June 1868.

References

  1. ^ "40th Congress membership roster" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 9, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Ben. Perley Poore (1869). "Massachusetts". Congressional Directory for the First Session of the Forty-First Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. hdl: 2027/nyp.33433081796686.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 01 Race - Jun 30, 1868". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 02 Race - Jun 30, 1868". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 03 Race - Jun 30, 1868". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 04 Race - Jun 30, 1868". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  7. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 05 Race - Jun 30, 1868". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  8. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 01 - Special Election Race - Nov 30, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 01 Race - Nov 30, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  10. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 02 Race - Nov 30, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  11. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 02 Race - Nov 30, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 03 Race - Nov 30, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  13. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 03 Race - Nov 30, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  14. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 04 Race - Nov 30, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  15. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 04 Race - Nov 30, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  16. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 05 Race - Nov 30, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  17. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 05 Race - Nov 30, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  18. ^ Smith, Joseph P, ed. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio. I. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 258, 259.
  19. ^ a b "Our Campaigns - MT Territorial Delegate Race - Nov 02, 1869". www.ourcampaigns.com.

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