1848 United States House of Representatives election in Florida

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Nominee Edward Carrington Cabell William Pope Duval
Party Whig Democratic
Popular vote 4,382 3,805
Percentage 53.52% 46.48%

Representative before election

Edward Carrington Cabell

Elected Representative

Edward Carrington Cabell

The 1848 United States House of Representatives election in Florida was held on Monday, October 2, 1848 to elect the single United States Representative from the state of Florida, one from the state's single at-large congressional district, to represent Florida in the 31st Congress. The election coincided with the elections of other offices, including the presidential election, the senatorial election, the gubernatorial election, and various state and local elections.[1]

The winning candidate would serve a two-year term in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1849, to March 4, 1851.







Cabell, despite being a Whig in the deeply Democratic supporting South, and despite running against a popular former governor in Duval, had the blessing of running alongside two other popular Whigs in the state of Florida: Zachary Taylor for president and Thomas Brown for governor, both of whom served as generals during the Second Seminole War and were seen as war heroes in the state. Despite winning by an extremely small margin in 1846, the coattail effect expanded Cabell's margin in this election.[2]

General election


Florida's At-large congressional district election, 1848[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Edward Carrington Cabell (inc.) 4,382 53.52% +2.64%
Democratic William Pope Duval 3,805 46.48% -2.64%
Majority 577 7.05% +5.30%
Turnout 8,187 100.00%
Whig hold

See also


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL At Large Race - Oct 02, 1848". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  2. ^ "Washington City, July 6th, 1848". Pensacola Gazette. 1848-07-22. p. 2. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  3. ^ "FL At Large - 1848". Our Campaigns. Retrieved October 16, 2020.