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1857 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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1857 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

← 1856 November 3, 1857 (1857-11-03) 1858 →
Nathaniel Banks pre-war (cropped).jpg
Nominee Nathaniel Banks Henry J. Gardner Erasmus Beach
Party Republican Know Nothing Democratic
Popular vote 60,797 37,596 31,760
Percentage 46.58% 28.81% 24.33%

Governor before election

Henry J. Gardner
Know Nothing

Elected Governor

Nathaniel Prentiss Banks

Gubernatorial elections were held in Massachusetts on November 3, 1857. Incumbent Know-Nothing Governor Henry J. Gardner ran for a fourth term in office, but lost the support of the Republican Party, which nominated Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nathaniel P. Banks. Banks prevailed over Gardner to become the first Republican Governor of Massachusetts.

Gardner's loss also began an informal tradition of no Governor serving more than three consecutive one-year terms, which persisted until 1920, when the Governor's term was extended to two years. The only exception to this tradition was made for Governor John Albion Andrew, who held office during the Civil War.

General election



  • Erasmus Beach, nominee for Governor in 1855 and 1856


  • Caleb Swan


American (Know-Nothing)


1857 Massachusetts gubernatorial election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Nathaniel Prentiss Banks 60,797 46.58%
Know Nothing Henry J. Gardner (incumbent) 37,596 28.81% N/A
Democratic Erasmus D. Beach 31,760 24.33% Decrease1.21
Independent Caleb Swan 213 0.16% N/A
Scattering All others 149 0.11% Decrease0.71
Total votes 130,515 100.00%
Republican gain from Know Nothing Swing


  1. ^ "1857 Massachusetts governor results".
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