In Iowa elections, Republican Samuel Merrill is elected the state's seventh governor
In Iowa, the Republican Party retained control of the governor's mansion in state elections held on this day. Samuel Merrill defeated the former Iowa chief justice and prominent anti-Lincoln Democrat Charles Mason. Merrill carried just over 57% of the ballots cast. Republicans had held the governor's office since 1858 and would do so till 1890. (By John Osborne)
Michael J. Dubin, United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1861–1911: The Official Results by State and County (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2010), 4.