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1902 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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1902 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

← 1901 November 4, 1902 1903 →
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Nominee John L. Bates William A. Gaston John C. Chase
Party Republican Democratic Socialist
Popular vote 196,276 159,156 33,629
Percentage 49.23% 39.92% 8.44%

Governor before election

W. Murray Crane

Elected Governor

John L. Bates

The 1902 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1902. Incumbent Republican Governor W. Murray Crane did not run for re-election. Lt. Governor John L. Bates was elected to succeed him, defeating Democratic nominee William A. Gaston and Socialist John C. Chase.

This election was the first in which the newly formed Socialist Party of America fielded a candidate and Chase's 8.44% remains the largest vote any Socialist candidate for Governor has received as of 2021.

Republican convention

Lieutenant Governor John L. Bates was nominated for Governor by acclamation.[1]

General election



1902 Massachusetts gubernatorial election[2][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John L. Bates 196,276 49.23% Decrease8.03
Democratic William A. Gaston 159,156 39.92% Increase4.68
Socialist John C. Chase 33,629 8.44% N/A
Socialist Labor Michael T. Berry 6,079 1.53% Decrease1.21
Prohibition William H. Partridge 3,538 0.89% Decrease0.58
Write-in All others 11 0.00% Steady
Total votes 398,689 100.00%


  1. ^ "Bates for Governor: Nominated by Acclamation in Boston". The Hartford Courant. 4 Oct 1902. p. 1.
  2. ^ "MA Governor, 1902". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  3. ^ "1902 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Massachusetts". US Election Atlas. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  4. ^ Election Statistics 1902, p. 5.


Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth (1910). Election Statistics, 1902. Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Co., State Printers.

See also

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