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1863 West Virginia gubernatorial election

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1863 West Virginia gubernatorial election

← 1859 (Virginia) May 28, 1863 1864 →
 
Arthur I. Boreman - Brady-Handy.jpg
Nominee Arthur I. Boreman
Party Unconditional Union
Popular vote 25,797
Percentage 100.00%

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County results
Boreman:      
No votes:      

Elected Governor

Arthur I. Boreman
Unconditional Union

The 1863 West Virginia gubernatorial election, held on May 28, resulted in the victory of Arthur I. Boreman. He received the nomination of the Unconditional Union Party and won with no opposition in the general election.

Background

On April 17, 1861, the Virginia Secession Convention voted in favor of succession from the United States and joining the Confederate States of America.[1] On May 13, the First Wheeling Convention was held with the purpose of reorganizing the Virginian government and remaining in the United States. On May 23, 125,950 Virginians voted in favor of the Secession Ordinance against 20,373 people.[2]

On June 11, the Second Wheeling Convention was held and Arthur I. Boreman was selected to serve as its chairman. On June 20, the convention called for returning to the United States and selected Francis Harrison Pierpont to serve as governor until an election was held. On October 24, a referendum on statehood approval received 18,408 votes in favor and 781 against. On June 20, 1863, West Virginia was admitted as a state.[2]

Unconditional Union primary

From May 6 to 7, 1863, the Unconditional Union Party's state convention was held to nominate candidates for multiple political offices. For the party's gubernatorial nomination Samuel Crane was nominated by James G. West, Boreman was nominated by E. M. Norton, and Peter G. Van Winkle was nominated by Ben Smith.[3][4]

On the first ballot Van Winkle received a plurality of the vote, but did not receive the nomination due to a majority being required. West withdrew Crane's nomination before the second ballot in which Boreman defeated Van Winkle.[3]

Candidates

Results

1863 West Virginia gubernatorial Unconditional Unionist first ballot[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unconditional Union Peter G. Van Winkle 135,528 44.70%
Unconditional Union Samuel Crane 84,144 27.75%
Unconditional Union Arthur I. Boreman 80,886 26.68%
Unconditional Union James W. Paxton 2,636 0.87%
Total votes 303,194 100.00%
1863 West Virginia gubernatorial Unconditional Unionist second ballot[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unconditional Union Arthur I. Boreman 181,185 59.70%
Unconditional Union Peter G. Van Winkle 122,291 40.30%
Total votes 303,476 100.00%

General election

On May 28, 1863, Boreman won the gubernatorial election without opposition.[5]

Results

1863 West Virginia gubernatorial election[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unconditional Union Arthur I. Boreman 25,797 100.00%
Total votes 25,797 100.00%

Results by county

County Boreman Votes[5]
Barbour 100.00% 770
Boone 100.00% 102
Braxton 100.00% 212
Brooke 100.00% 678
Doddridge 100.00% 742
Gilmer 100.00% 286
Hancock 100.00% 418
Hardy 100.00% 91
Harrison 100.00% 2,037
Jackson 100.00% 534
Kanawha 100.00% 555
Lewis 100.00% 1,184
Marion 100.00% 1,428
Marshall 100.00% 2,067
Mason 100.00% 747
Monongalia 100.00% 1,585
Morgan 100.00% 261
Ohio 100.00% 2,905
Pendleton 100.00% 161
Pleasants 100.00% 239
Preston 100.00% 1,639
Putnam 100.00% 232
Randolph 100.00% 239
Ritchie 100.00% 667
Roane 100.00% 177
Taylor 100.00% 867
Tyler 100.00% 720
Upshur 100.00% 879
Wayne 100.00% 289
Wetzel 100.00% 870
Wirt 100.00% 375
Wood 100.00% 1,603

References

  1. ^ "April 17, 1861: Virginia Politicians Vote to Secede from the Union". West Virginia Public Broadcasting. April 17, 2020. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Statehood for West Virginia: An Illegal Act?". West Virginia Archives and History. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "The Nominations". The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. May 9, 1863. p. 2. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Letters of Acceptance". The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. May 26, 1863. p. 2. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b c d e "West Virginia 1863 Gubernatorial election". Civilian and Telegraph. June 25, 1863. p. 2. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
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