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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1852

Illinois gubernatorial election, 1852

November 7, 1852

Nominee Joel Aldrich Matteson Edwin B. Webb D. A. Knowlton
Party Democratic Whig Free Soil
Running mate Gustavus Koerner Unknown Unknown
Popular vote 80,789 64,408 9,024
Percentage 52.39% 41.76% 5.85%

Governor before election

Augustus C. French

Elected Governor

Joel Aldrich Matteson

The Illinois gubernatorial election of 1852 was the tenth election for this office. Democratic governor Augustus C. French did not seek re-election. Democrat Joel Aldrich Matteson was elected to succeed him. At this time in Illinois history the Lieutenant Governor was elected on a separate ballot from the governor. This would remain the case until the adoption of the 1970 constitution.


1852 gubernatorial election, Illinois
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joel Aldrich Matteson 80,789 52.39% -34.37%
Whig Edwin B. Webb 64,408 41.76% +34.52%
Free Soil D. A. Knowlton 9,024 5.85% -0.15%
Majority 16,381 10.62% -68.90%
Turnout 154,221 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing


  • Illinois Blue Book 1899
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