1860 Illinois gubernatorial election

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1860

← 1856 November 6, 1860 1864 →
  Richard Yates Governor LOC.jpg James C. Allen.jpg
Nominee Richard Yates James C. Allen
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 172,196 159,253
Percentage 51.19% 47.34%

Illinois governor election, 1860.svg
County Results

Governor before election

John Wood

Elected Governor

Richard Yates

The Illinois gubernatorial election of 1860 was the twelfth election for this office. Republican governor William Henry Bissell died early in his term, and incumbern governor John Wood did not seek re-election. Former Democratic Congressman and former Clerk of the U.S. House James C. Allen was the Democratic nominee.[1] A Number of third-party candidates ran as well; none received over one percent of the vote. At this time in Illinois history the Lieutenant Governor was elected on a separate ballot from the governor. This would remain the case until the adoption of the 1970 constitution.


1860 gubernatorial election, Illinois
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Richard Yates 172,196 51.15% +4.22%
Democratic James C. Allen 159,253 47.34% +2.35%
Independent Thomas Hope 2,049 0.61% N/A
Constitutional Union John T. Stuart 1,626 0.48% N/A
Independent J. W. Chickering 1,148 0.34% N/A
Independent William Brown 68 0.02% N/A
Independent John Hassack 46 0.01% N/A
Independent Scattering 17 0.01% N/A
Majority 12,943 3.85% -6.77%
Turnout 336,403 100.00%
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - IL Governor Race - Nov 06, 1860". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  • Illinois Blue Book 1899
  • The Political Graveyard
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