Filed Under: 
Government

 

Following are the results of elections of governors from 1845 when Texas became a state until 1898.

The official canvass from the Legislature, the Archives Section of the Texas State Library, and the Texas Secretary of State annual reports are used when available. Otherwise, reports from various editions of the Texas Almanac are used.

Prior to 1857 most candidates ran independently. Party designations abbreviated are: Dem., Democratic; Rep., Republican; Lib., Libertarian; Ind., Independent; W-I, write-in.

Under the state Constitution of 1876, governors served two-year terms, until that was amended in 1972 to four-year terms. Under the state Constitution of 1866, governors served four-year terms. Under the state Constitution of 1845, governors served two-year terms.

1898

General Election

J.D. Sayers Dem. 291,548 71.19 %
Barnett Gibbs Populist 114,955 28.07 %
R.P. Bailey Prohibition 2,437 0.60 %
G.H. Royal Socialist Labor 552 0.13 %
Scattering   62  
Total vote   409,554  

1896

General Election

C.A. Culberson Dem. 298,643 55.36 %
J.C. Kearby* Populist 238,325 44.18 %
Randolph Clark Prohibition 1,846 0.34 %
Scattering   682  
Total vote   539,496  
*Kearby received support from the Republicans.

1894

General Election

C.A. Culberson Dem. 207,167 49.01 %
T.L. Nugent Populist 152,731 36.18 %
W.K. Makemson Rep. 54,520 12.90 %
J.B. Schmitz Lily White Rep. 5,026 1.19 %
J.M. Dunn Prohibition 2,196 0.52 %
Scattering   1,076  
Total vote   422,716  

1892

General Election

James S. Hogg Dem. 190,486 43.74 %
George Clark* Dem. 133,395 30.63 %
T.L. Nugent Populist 108,483 24.91 %
D.M. Prendergast Prohibition 1,605 0.37 %
A.J. Houston Lily White Rep. 1,322 0.30 %
Scattering   169  
Total vote   435,467  
*Clark received support from the Regular Republicans.

1890

General Election

James S. Hogg Dem. 262,432 76.45 %
W. Flanagan Rep. 77,742 22.65 %
E.C. Heath Prohibition 2,463 0.72 %
Scattering   633  
Total vote   343,270  

 1888

General Election

L. Sul Ross Dem. 250,338 71.77 %
Marion Martin Independent Fusion 98,447 28.23 %
Total vote   348,785  

1886

General Election

L. Sul Ross Dem. 228,776 73.02 %
A.M. Cochran Rep. 65,236 20.82 %
E.L. Dohoney Prohibition 19,186 6.12 %
Scattering   102  
Total vote   313,300  

 1884

General Election

John Ireland Dem. 212,234 65.05 %
Geo. W. Jones Ind.* 88,450 27.11 %
A.B. Norton Rep. 25,557 7.83 %
Total vote   326,241  
*Ran as independent but received support from the Greenback Party.

 1882

General Election

John Ireland Dem. 150,809 59.46 %
Geo. W. Jones Ind.* 102,501  40.41 %
J.B. Robertson Ind. Dem. 334  0.13 %
Total vote   253,644  
*Ran as independent but received support from the Greenback and Republican parties.

 1880

General Election

O.M. Roberts Dem. 166,101 62.87 %
Edmund J. Davis Rep. 64,382 24.37 %
W.H. Hamman Greenback 33,721 12.76 %
Total vote   264,204  

1878

General Election

O.M. Roberts Dem. 158,302 66.76 %
W.H. Hamman Greenback 55,002 23.20 %
A.B. Norton Rep. 23,712 10.00 %
Scattering   99  
Total vote   237,115  

 1876

General Election

Richard Coke Dem. 150,581 75.06 %
William Chambers Rep. 50,030 24.94 %
Total vote   200,611  

 1873

General Election

Richard Coke Dem. 85,549 66.74 %
Edmund J. Davis Rep. 42,633 33.26 %
Total vote   128,182  

1869

General Election

Edmund J. Davis 39,901 50.27 %
A.J. Hamilton 39,092 49.25 %
Hamilton Stuart 380 0.49 %
Total vote 79,373  

1866

General Election

J.W. Throckmorton 48,631 80.13 %
Elisha M. Pease 12,051 19.86 %
Scattering 6  
Total vote 60,688  
Gen. Philip H. Sheridan removed Throckmorton and appointed Pease governor on July 30, 1867.

 1863

General Election

Pendleton Murrah 17,511 56.42 %
Thomas J. Chambers 12,455 40.13 %
Scattering 1,070  
Total vote 31,036  

 1861

General Election

F.R. Lubbock 21,854 38.05 %
Edward Clark 21,730 37.84 %
Thomas J. Chambers 13,759 23.96 %
Scattering 85  
Total vote 57,428  

 1859

General Election

Sam Houston Ind.* 36,227 56.79 %
H.R. Runnels Dem. 27,500 43.11 %
Scattering   61  
Total vote   63,788  
* Ran as independent but received support of Know-Nothing Party. (Houston was removed from office in March 1861 when he refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.)

 1857

General Election

H.R. Runnels Dem. 32,552 53.21 %
Sam Houston Ind. 28,628 46.79 %
Total vote   61,180  

 1855

General Election

Elisha M. Pease 26,336 57.99 %
D.C. Dickson 17,965 39.56 %
M.T. Johnson 809 1.78 %
George T. Wood 276 0.61 %
Scattering 26  
Total vote 45,412  

1853

General Election

Elisha M. Pease 13,091 36.21 %
W.B. Ochiltree 9,178 25.39 %
George T. Wood 5,983 16.55 %
L.D. Evans 4,677 12.94 %
Thomas J. Chambers 2,449 6.77 %
John Dancy 315 0.87 %
Scattering 459  
Total vote 36,152  

 1851

General Election

Peter H. Bell 13,595 48.02 %
Middleton T. Johnson 5,262 18.59 %
John A. Greer 4,061 14.35 %
B.H. Epperson 2,971 10.49 %
Thomas J. Chambers 2,320 8.20 %
Scattering 100  
Total vote 28,309  

1849

General Election

Peter H. Bell 10,319 47.52 %
George T. Wood 8,764 40.36 %
John T. Mills 2,632 12.12 %
Total vote 21,715  

 1847

General Election

George T. Wood 7,154 48.45 %
James B. Miller 5,106 34.58 %
Nicholas H. Darnell 1,276 8.64 %
J.J. Robinson 379 2.57 %
Scattering 852  
Total vote 14,767  

 1845

General Election

James P. Henderson 7,853 81.99 %
James B. Miller 1,673 17.47 %
Scattering 52  
Total vote 9,578