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United States Senate elections, 1848

The United States Senate election of 1848 was an election which had the Democratic Party lose seats but maintain control of the United States Senate.

As this election was prior to ratification of the seventeenth amendment, Senators were chosen by State legislatures.

Senate Party Division, 31st Congress (1849–1851)

  • Majority Party: Democratic (35)
  • Minority Party: Whig Party (25)
  • Other Parties: Free Soil (2)
  • Total Seats: 62

Change in Senate composition

Before the elections
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D
D D D D ID W W W W
W W W W W W W W W W
W W W W W W W W W W
Beginning of the next Congress
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D
D F F W W W W W W
W W W W W W W W W W
W W W W W W W W W V
Key:
D = Democratic
ID = Independent Democratic
F = Free Soil
W = Whig
V = Vacant
Majority
divider

Individual elections

Ohio

The two houses of the Ohio General Assembly met in joint session February 22, 1849, with 72 representatives and 35 senators present to elect a Senator (Class 3) to succeed incumbent Wiliam Allen. On the fourth ballot, Salmon P. Chase was elected with a majority of the votes cast, as follows:[1]

Ballot William Allen Thomas Ewing Joshua Reed Giddings Salmon P. Chase Reuben Hitchcock Emery D. Potter David T. Disney John C. Vaughn blank ballots total votes cast
1 27 41 9 14 1 2 1 0 11 106
2 1 41 8 52 0 0 0 0 4 108
3 0 39 9 53 0 0 0 2 2 105
4 0 39 11 55 0 0 0 1 0 106

The second ballot was declared a nullity by Speaker of the Senate Brewster Randall, because there were one more ballots cast than members present.

See also

References

  1. ^ Taylor, William Alexander; Taylor, Aubrey Clarence (1899). Ohio statesmen and annals of progress: from the year 1788 to the year 1900 .... State of Ohio. p. 232. 
  • "Party Division in the Senate, 1789-Present". Senate.gov. 
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