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OfficeGovernor
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 06, 1855 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open September 05, 1855 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close September 05, 1855 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start January 09, 1856 - 12:00pm
Term End January 08, 1858 - 12:00pm
Turnout 105.17% Total Population
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifiedChronicler June 13, 2007 07:55pm
Data SourcesAmerican State Governors, 1776-1976, v1, Joseph and Jessamine Kallenbach
Description In this election, the Know-Nothings won the race for Governor. The party had managed to take control of the San Francisco government in the election of 1854 two months after becoming formally organized.

The American Party held its first state convention in Sacramento on 8/7/1855. J. Neely Johnson, a former Whig, was nominated for Governor.

During the campaign, the Whig Party officially re-organized but chose not to run a candidate for Governor.

In the election, the American Party won the governorship with the support of the anti-Broderick Democrats. The American Party also assumed control of the state legislature.

Norman D. Brown, Edward Stanly: Whiggery's Tarheel 'Conqueror', pp. 173-177.
LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won09/07/1853
NameJohn Bigler Votes38,940 (50.97%)
Term01/08/1854 - 01/09/1856 Margin1,486 (+1.95%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won09/02/1857
NameJohn B. Weller Votes53,122 (56.71%)
Term01/08/1858 - 01/09/1860 Margin32,082 (+34.25%)
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Name J. Neely Johnson (I) Gov. John Bigler (W) Scattering  
PartyAmerican Democratic  
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Uncertified Votes51,157 (52.53%) 46,225 (47.47%) 2 (0.00%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -4,932 (-5.06%) -51,155 (-52.53%)  
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