1904 Indiana gubernatorial election

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J. Frank Hanly, 1908 (cropped).jpg
Nominee Frank Hanly John W. Kern
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 359,362 274,998
Percentage 53.5% 41.0%

Governor before election

Winfield T. Durbin

Elected Governor

Frank Hanly

The 1904 Indiana gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1904 in all 92 counties in the state of Indiana. Frank Hanly was elected governor over his Democratic opponent, John W. Kern.


Hanly reentered politics in 1904, and won the Republican nomination for governor of Indiana. Democrats once again nominated John W. Kern for governor.


The election was hard-fought by Hanly, who delivered excoriating speeches against the Democratic party which he referred to as "unholy", and "great only its ability to destroy." He called their election campaign "selfish" and said they ran it only so they could "obtain the flesh pot of office."[1]

General election

Hanly was elected Governor of Indiana, defeating John W. Kern by 84,364 votes.[2]

Indiana gubernatorial election, 1904
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Hanly 359,362 53.5
Democratic John Kern 274,998 41.0
Prohibition McWhirter 22,690 3.4
Socialist Hallenberger 10,991 1.6
Populist Leroy Templeton 2,605 0.4


  1. ^ Gugin, p. 226
  2. ^ Eseray, p. 306