1917 United States gubernatorial elections

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United States gubernatorial elections, 1917

← 1916 November 6, 1917 1918 →

2 state governorships
  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 25 governorships 21 governorships
Seats before 25[a] 22[b][c]
Seats after 25 22
Seat change Steady Steady

  Third party Fourth party
Party Prohibition Progressive
Last election 1 governorships 1 governorships
Seats before 1 0
Seats after 1 0
Seat change Steady Steady

     Democratic gain      Democratic hold
     Republican gain      Republican hold

United States gubernatorial elections were held on 6 November 1917, in two states. Virginia holds its gubernatorial elections in odd numbered years, every 4 years, following the United States presidential election year. Massachusetts at this time held gubernatorial elections every year, which it would abandon in 1920.


State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Massachusetts Samuel W. McCall Republican Re-elected, 58.29% Frederick W. Mansfield (Democratic) 34.97%
John McCarty (Socialist) 4.28%
James Hayes (Socialist Labor) 1.35%
Chester R. Lawrence (Prohibition) 1.10%
Virginia Henry Carter Stuart Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Westmoreland Davis (Democratic) 71.47%
T. J. Muncy (Republican) 27.77%
Frank Smith (Socialist) 0.76%


  1. ^ "MA Governor, 1917". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  2. ^ "VA Governor, 1917". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 25 March 2019.


  1. ^ George W. P. Hunt (D) succeeded Arizona Governor Thomas Edward Campbell (R) whose election was overturned by the Arizona Supreme Court in December 1917.
  2. ^ William Stephens (R) succeeded California Governor Hiram Johnson (Progressive) who resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Senate in March 1917.
  3. ^ Washington Ellsworth Lindsey (R) succeeded New Mexico Governor Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca (D) upon his death in office in February 1917.