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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1872


Illinois gubernatorial election, 1872

Illinois gubernatorial election, 1872

November 5, 1872

Nominee Richard J. Oglesby Gustavus Koerner
Party Republican Liberal Republican
Popular vote 237,774 197,084
Percentage 54.41% 45.10%

Red denotes a county won by Oglesby, and Pink denotes a county won by Koerner

Governor before election

Richard J. Oglesby

Elected Governor

John M. Palmer

The Illinois gubernatorial election of 1872 was the fifteenth election for this office. Republican nonimee, Former Governor Richard J. Oglesby defeated the Democratic and Liberal Republican nominee Gustavus Koerner. B. G. Wells represented Independent Democrats unwilling to ally with Liberal Republicans. Oglesby had agreed to run for the Governorship but to resign upon being elected so that Lt. Governor John Lourie Beveridge could assume the office. Oglesby was in turn appointed to the U.S. Senate.

At this time in Illinois history, the Lieutenant Governor was elected on a separate ballot from the governor. This would remain so until the 1970 constitution.


1868 gubernatorial election, Illinois
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Richard J. Oglesby 237,774 54.41% -1.16%
Liberal Republican Gustavus Koerner 197,084 45.10% N/A%
Independent B. G. Wright 2,185 0.50% N/A
Majority 40,690 9.31% -1.83%
Turnout 437,043
Republican hold Swing


  • Our Campaigns - Illinois Governor Race - Nov 5, 1872
  • Stringer, Lawrence B. History of Logan County, Illinois, a Record of Its Settlement, Organization, Progress, and Achievement. Chicago, Pioneer Publishing Company: 1911. p. 292
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