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1883 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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1883 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

← 1882 November 6, 1883 (1883-11-06) 1884 →
Nominee George D. Robinson Benjamin Franklin Butler
Party Republican Democratic
Alliance Greenback
Popular vote 160,092 150,228
Percentage 51.25% 48.10%

Governor before election

Benjamin Franklin Butler

Elected Governor

George D. Robinson

The 1883 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 6.

Governor Benjamin Butler ran for re-election on a fusion ticket between the Democratic Party and the Greenback Labor Party but was defeated by Republican U.S. Representative George D. Robinson.[1][2][3]

In the concurrent but separate election for Lieutenant Governor, Republican Oliver Ames was re-elected to a second term.

Republican nomination




1883 Republican state convention[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George D. Robinson 996 87.52%
Republican Charles Francis Adams Jr. 117 10.28%
Republican George A. Bruce 35 3.08%
Republican Thomas Talbot 6 0.53%
Republican Henry Cabot Lodge 5 0.44%
Republican Charles R. Codman Sr. 3 0.26%
Republican B. W. Harris 2 0.18%
Republican Rufus S. Frost 1 0.09%
Republican Alexander H. Rice 1 0.09%
Republican A.W. Beard 1 0.09%
Republican Henry B. Pierce 1 0.09%
Total votes 1,138 100.00%

General election


Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1883[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican George D. Robinson 160,092 51.25%
Democratic Benjamin Franklin Butler 150,228 48.10%
Prohibition Charles Almy 1,881 0.60%
Others Others 156 0.05%
Republican gain from Democratic Swing
Massachusetts Lt. gubernatorial election, 1883[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Oliver Ames 161,399 51.69%
Democratic James S. Greenfield[7] 147,661 47.29%
Prohibition John Blackmer[8] 1,911 0.61%
Greenback Nathaniel S. Cushing[9] 1,091 0.35%
Others Others 154 0.05%
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ Richardson, Darcy G. (2004). Others: Third Party Politics from the Nation's Founding to the Rise and Fall of the Greenback-Labor Party. Vol I. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc. p. 547. ISBN 0-595-31723-5.
  2. ^ Gillespie, J. David (2012). Challengers to Duopoly: Why Third Parties Matter in American Two-Party Politics. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-1-61117-013-9.
  3. ^ Kennedy, Robert C. "On This Day: August 30, 1884". New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "BUTLER'S OPPONENT NAMED: GEORGE D. ROBINSON FOR GOVERNOR". The New York Tribune. 20 Sep 1883. p. 1.
  5. ^ "MA Governor, 1883". OurCampaigns. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Manual for the Use of the General Court, 1884. Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Company, State Printers. 1884.
  7. ^ "Ward 11. Regular Democratic Ticket". Boston, Massachusetts: Kiley, Printer. 7 Spring Lane. 1883. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Alexander McBride, ed. (1884). The Evening Journal Almanac, 1884. p. 54.
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