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1856 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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1856 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

← 1855 November 4, 1856 (1856-11-04) 1857 →
Nominee Henry J. Gardner Erasmus Beach George W. Gordon
Party Know Nothing Democratic Independent
Alliance Republican
Popular vote 92,467 40,082 10,385
Percentage 58.92% 25.54% 6.62%

Governor before election

Henry J. Gardner
Know Nothing

Elected Governor

Henry J. Gardner
Know Nothing

Gubernatorial elections were held in Massachusetts on November 4, 1856. Incumbent Know-Nothing Governor Henry J. Gardner was re-elected to a third term, though his support largely came from his endorsement on the Republican Party ticket.

This was the last election in which the Whig Party participated.

Whig convention


1856 Massachusetts Whig convention[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Luther Vose Bell 215 56.58%
Whig Thomas Aspinwall 104 27.37%
Whig Scattering 61 16.05%
Total votes 380 100.00%

Know-Nothing convention

The American Party convention was held at Faneuil Hall, Boston, on July 24, 1856.


1856 Massachusetts Know-Nothing convention[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Know Nothing Henry J. Gardner unanimous

General election



  • Erasmus Beach, nominee for Governor in 1855



American (Know-Nothing)



1856 Massachusetts gubernatorial election[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Know Nothing Henry J. Gardner
Republican Henry J. Gardner
Total Henry J. Gardner 92,467 58.92% N/A
Democratic Erasmus D. Beach 40,082 25.54% Increase0.10
Independent George W. Gordon 10,385 6.62% N/A
Whig Luther Vose Bell 7,075 4.51% Decrease5.23
Independent Josiah Quincy III 5,625 3.59% N/A
Scattering All others 1,291 0.82% Increase0.63
Total votes 136,488 100.00%
Know Nothing hold Swing


  1. ^ "MA Governor - W Convention".
  2. ^ "Governor Gardner's Letter of Acceptance--His Indorsement of John C. Fremont". New York Times. New York, NY. 30 July 1856. p. 1. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  3. ^ "1856 Massachusetts governor results".
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