1897 United States House of Representatives elections

1897 U.S. House of Representatives elections

← 1896 February 23, 1895 – November 5, 1895 1898 →

8 (out of 357) seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
179 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Thomas Brackett Reed - Brady-Handy.jpg Joseph Weldon Bailey cph.3b09834.jpg
Leader Thomas B. Reed Joseph Weldon Bailey
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat Maine 1st Texas 4th
Last election 210 seats 124 seats
Seats won 3 5
Seat change Decrease 2 Increase 2

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party Populist Silver
Last election 22 seats 1 seat
Seats won 0 0
Seat change Steady Steady

There were eight special elections to the United States House of Representatives in 1897 during the 55th United States Congress, which began on March 4, 1897. None of the special elections in 1897 were during the 54th United States Congress, which ended March 3, 1897.

District Vacator Reason for Vacancy Candidates
Representative Party First elected
Pennsylvania 25 James J. Davidson Republican 1896 Member-elect died January 2, 1897 before the term.
New member elected April 20, 1897.
Republican hold.
Successor seated May 3, 1897.[1]
Missouri 1 Richard P. Giles Democratic 1896 Member-elect died November 17, 1896 before the term.
New member elected June 1, 1897.
Democratic hold.
Successor seated June 10, 1897.[1]
Maine 3 Seth L. Milliken Republican 1882 Member-elect died April 18, 1897.
New member elected June 21, 1897.
Republican hold.
Successor seated July 1, 1897.[1]
South Carolina 6 John L. McLaurin Democratic 1892 (Special) Incumbent resigned May 31, 1897 when appointed U.S. Senator.
New member elected October 12, 1897.[1]
Successor seated December 6, 1897.[1]
Democratic hold.
Massachusetts 1 Ashley B. Wright Republican 1892 Incumbent died August 14, 1897.
New member elected November 2, 1897.[1]
Republican hold.
Successor seated December 6, 1897.[1]
Indiana 4 William S. Holman Democratic 1858
1864 (Retired)
1866
1876 (Retired)
1880
1894 (Lost)
1896
Incumbent died April 22, 1897.
New member elected August 10, 1897.
Democratic hold.
Successor seated December 6, 1897.[1]
New York 3 Francis H. Wilson Republican 1894 Incumbent resigned September 30, 1897 to become Postmaster of Brooklyn, New York.
New member elected November 2, 1897.[1]
Democratic gain.
Successor seated December 6, 1897.[1]
Illinois 6 Edward D. Cooke Republican 1894 Incumbent died June 24, 1897.
New member elected November 23, 1897.[1]
Democratic gain.
Successor seated December 6, 1897.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Fifty-fifth Congress March 4, 1897, to March 3, 1899". Office of the Historian, United States House of Representatives. Retrieved June 7, 2019 – via History.house.gov.
  2. ^ "SC - District 06 Special Election". OurCampaigns.com. November 24, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2019., citing United States Congressional Elections, 1788-1997 The Official Results Michael J. Dubin
  3. ^ "IN - District 04 Special Election". OurCampaigns.com. November 18, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2019., citing United States Congressional Elections, 1788-1997 The Official Results Michael J. Dubin