1857 Missouri gubernatorial special election

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Missouri gubernatorial special election, 1857

← 1856 August 7, 1857 1860 →
  Robert M. Stewart, 14th governor of Missouri.jpg James S. Rollins.jpg
Nominee Robert Marcellus Stewart James S. Rollins
Party Democratic Know Nothing
Popular vote 47,975 47,641
Percentage 50.18% 49.82%

Governor before election

Hancock Lee Jackson

Elected Governor

Robert Marcellus Stewart

The Missouri gubernatorial special election of 1857 was Missouri's 12th gubernatorial election. The election was called to fill the remainder of the term of Trusten Polk, who had resigned in February 1857 upon his election to the United States Senate.[1] In the special election, held on August 7, 1857, the Democratic nominee, Robert Marcellus Stewart, defeated Know-Nothing candidate James S. Rollins (running under the American Party label) by a margin of only 334 votes. This was Rollins' second run for Governor of Missouri, having also lost in the 1848 gubernatorial election.


1857 gubernatorial special election, Missouri[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert Marcellus Stewart 47,975 50.18 +9.39
Know Nothing James S. Rollins 47,641 49.82 +14.59
Majority 334 0.36 -5.20
Turnout 95,616 14.02
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ "SOS, Missouri – State Archives: Governors". Sos.mo.gov. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  2. ^ "MO Governor – Special Election Race – Aug 07, 1857". Our Campaigns. 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2013-03-22.