1872 United States House of Representatives election in Florida

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Both[1] of Florida's seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 1 0
Seats won 2 0
Seat change Increase 1 Steady
Popular vote 35,040[2] 31,692[2]
Percentage 52.5% 47.5%

The election to the United States House of Representatives in Florida was held November 5, 1872, for two seats elected at large. This election was held at the same time as the 1872 Presidential election and the gubernatorial election.


From Florida's admission to the Union in 1845, it had been represented by a single Representative. In reapportionment following the 1870 census, Florida gained a second Representative. Districting was delayed, however, and so the at-large district was used for the 1872 election as well, with two seats instead of one. This would be the last time that Florida's representation would be at-large (there was an at-large seat for several later Congresses, but those were in addition to districts).

Election results

1872 United States House election results[3]
Republican Democratic[4]
William J. Purman 17,537 26.3% Silas L. Niblack[5] 15,881 23.8%
Josiah T. Walls (I) 17,503 26.2% Charles W. Jones[6] 15,811 23.7%

See also


  1. ^ 1 seat gained in reapportionment
  2. ^ a b Each voter cast two votes
  3. ^ Election details from Ourcampaigns.com
  4. ^ Called the Conservative Party
  5. ^ Served as Representative January 25, 1873 - March 3, 1873 after successfully challenging Walls' election in 1870
  6. ^ Later served as Senator