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1947 Mississippi gubernatorial election

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1947 Mississippi gubernatorial election
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← 1943 November 4, 1947 1951 →
Fielding L. Wright portrait.jpg
Nominee Fielding L. Wright George L. Sheldon
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 166,095 4,102
Percentage 97.59% 2.41%

Mississippi Governor Election Results by County, 1947.svg
County Results
Wright:      90-100%

Governor before election

Fielding L. Wright

Elected Governor

Fielding L. Wright

The 1947 Mississippi gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 1947, in order to elect the Governor of Mississippi. Incumbent Democrat Fielding L. Wright, who had succeeded to the governorship a year prior following the death of Thomas L. Bailey, ran for election to a first full term. As was common at the time, the Democratic candidate won in a landslide so therefore the Democratic primary was the real contest, and winning the primary was considered tantamount to election.

Democratic primary

In the Democratic primary, incumbent Governor Fielding L. Wright defeated lawyer Paul B. Johnson Jr., the son of former Governor Paul B. Johnson Sr., and 3 other candidates. He received a majority (55%) of the vote, thereby eliminating the need for a runoff.


Mississippi Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1947[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Fielding L. Wright 202,014 55.31
Democratic Paul B. Johnson Jr. 112,123 30.70
Democratic Jesse M. Byrd 37,997 10.40
Democratic Frank L. Jacobs 8,750 2.40
Democratic William L. Spinks 4,344 1.19
Total votes 365,228 100.00

General election


In the general election, Wright ran against Republican George L. Sheldon, who served as Governor of Nebraska from 1907 until 1909. Sheldon moved to Mississippi after his service as governor and served in the Mississippi House of Representatives, becoming an influential figure in the state Republican Party. However, the Republicans had such minimal influence in Mississippi at the time that Wright won in a landslide with almost 98% of the vote.


Mississippi gubernatorial election, 1947[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Fielding L. Wright 166,095 97.59
Republican George L. Sheldon 4,102 2.41
Total votes 170,197 100.00
Democratic hold


  1. ^ "MS Governor D Primary 1947". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 7, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "MS Governor 1947". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 7, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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