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1855 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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1855 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

← 1854 November 6, 1855 (1855-11-06) 1856 →
Nominee Henry J. Gardner Julius Rockwell
Party Know Nothing Republican
Popular vote 51,497 36,715
Percentage 37.73% 26.90%

Nominee Erasmus Beach Samuel H. Walley
Party Democratic Whig
Popular vote 34,728 13,296
Percentage 25.44% 9.74%

Governor before election

Henry J. Gardner
Know Nothing

Elected Governor

Henry J. Gardner
Know Nothing

Gubernatorial elections were held in Massachusetts on November 6, 1855. Know-Nothing candidate Henry J. Gardner was re-elected to a second term as Governor in a multi-partisan race, defeating Republican Julius Rockwell and Democrat Erasmus Beach.

This was the first election in which the new Republican Party fielded a candidate. This was also the first election won by a direct plurality vote, after the majority requirement was abolished by the legislature on May 23. Gardner won without ratification by the General Court.

General election



  • Erasmus Beach


Native American (Know-Nothing)



1855 Massachusetts gubernatorial election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Know Nothing Henry J. Gardner 51,497 37.73% Decrease24.85
Republican Julius Rockwell 36,715 26.90% New
Democratic Erasmus D. Beach 34,728 25.44% Increase14.89
Whig Samuel H. Walley 13,296 9.74% Decrease11.20
Scattering All others 252 0.19% Decrease0.03
Total votes 136,488 100.00%
Know Nothing hold Swing


  1. ^ "1855 Massachusetts governor results".
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