1864 Illinois gubernatorial election

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1864

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  Richard James Oglesby.jpg JamesCarrollRobinson.jpg
Nominee Richard J. Oglesby James Carroll Robinson
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 190,376 158,711
Percentage 54.54% 45.46%

Illinois governor election, 1864.svg
County Results

Governor before election

Richard Yates

Elected Governor

Richard J. Oglesby

The Illinois gubernatorial election of 1864 was the thirteenth election for this office and took place during the American Civil War. Republican governor Richard Yates did not run for re-election, but was instead elected to serve in the United States Senate. Major General Richard J. Oglesby resigned his commission to run as the Republican nominee. Congressman James Carroll Robinson was the Democratic nominee.[1] 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.


1864 gubernatorial election, Illinois[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Richard J. Oglesby 190,376 54.54 +3.39
Democratic James Carroll Robinson 158,711 45.46 -1.88
Majority 31,665 9.08 +5.23
Turnout 349,087
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000336
  2. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/state.php?fips=17&year=1864&f=0&off=5&elect=0
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