1902 Alabama gubernatorial election

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Alabama gubernatorial election, 1902

← 1900 November 2, 1902 1906 →
  William D. Jelks.jpg No image.svg
Nominee William D. Jelks John A. W. Smith
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 67,748 24,150
Percentage 73.72% 26.28%

Governor before election

William D. Jelks

Elected Governor

William D. Jelks

The 1902 Alabama gubernatorial election took place on November 2, 1902, in order to elect the Governor of Alabama. It was the first Alabama gubernatorial election in which the governor was elected for a four-year term; prior to 1902 the governor was elected to a two-year term.[1][2] Incumbent Democrat William D. Jelks was running for election to his first full term; he had succeeded William J. Samford upon Samford's death a year prior. His Republican opponent, John A. W. Smith, was the son of former Alabama governor William Hugh Smith.


Alabama gubernatorial election, 1902[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William D. Jelks 67,748 73.72
Republican John A. W. Smith 24,150 26.28
Total votes 91,898 100.00
Democratic hold


  1. ^ 1901 Alabama Constitution article V, § 114
  2. ^ 1868 Alabama Constitution, article V, § 2
  3. ^ "AL Governor 1902". Our Campaigns. Retrieved October 25, 2016.