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1868 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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1868 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

← 1867 November 2, 1868 (1868-11-02) 1869 →
William Claflin - Brady-Handy.jpg
John Quincy AdamsII.jpg
Nominee William Claflin John Quincy Adams II
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 132,121 63,266
Percentage 67.59% 32.37%

Governor before election

Alexander Bullock

Elected Governor

William Clafin

The 1868 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 3.

Governor Alexander Bullock did not run for re-election to a fourth term. William Clafin was elected to succeed him over Democrat John Quincy Adams II.

Republican nomination



At the Worcester convention on September 9, Benjamin F. Butler withdrew Loring's name from contention and Claflin was nominated by acclamation.[1]

General election



1868 Massachusetts gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William Claflin 132,121 67.59% Decrease9.35
Democratic John Quincy Adams II 63,266 32.37% Increase9.32
Write-in 84 0.04% Decrease0.03
Total votes 195,471 100.00%
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ "Massachusetts: Proceedings of the Republican State Convention". 10 Sep 1867. p. 1. At this point Gen. Butler took the platform and said that he had been instructed by Dr. Loring to withdraw his name from the candidature of Governorship... and moved as a substitute the name of Hon. William Claflin... Amid great enthusiasm the motion was carried by acclamation.
  2. ^ "MA Governor, 1868". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 29 Mar 2021.
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