1851 Virginia gubernatorial election
The 1851 Virginia gubernatorial election was held on December 8, 1851 to elect the governor of Virginia. It was the first gubernatorial election in Virginia in which the governor was elected by direct popular vote, instead of being selected by the state legislature. The change was brought about by the adoption of the Virginia Constitution of 1851.
|Whig||George W. Summers||59,476||47.00%|
- "Research Notes Number 27: Virginia Election Returns" (PDF). Library of Virginia. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- 1830 Virginia Constitution, Article IV, Section 1
- "Virginia General Assembly, "Virginia Constitution, 1851," in Virginia Civics, Item #519". vagovernmentmatters.org. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
- "Virginia Historical Election Database: 1851 Governor General Election". Retrieved 27 November 2018.
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