United States Senate elections, 1856

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United States Senate elections, 1856
United States
1854 ←
1856
→ 1858

22 of the 66 seats in the United States Senate
33 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
 
Party Democratic Republican Know Nothing
Last election 39 seats 1 seat 1 seat
Seats won 41 20 5
Seat change Increase 2 Increase 19 Increase 4

  Fourth party
 
Party Opposition
Last election 21 seats
Seats won Steady
Seat change Decrease 21

Majority Party before election

Democratic Party

Elected Majority Party

Democratic Party


The United States Senate election of 1856 was an election which had the young Republican Party assume its position as one of the United States' two main political parties.

As this election was prior to ratification of the seventeenth amendment, Senators were chosen by State legislatures.

Results

35th Congress, 1857-1859

  • Majority Party: Democratic (41)
  • Minority Party: Republican (20)
  • Other Parties: American (5)
  • Total Seats: 66

Change in Senate composition

Before the elections
D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D
D D D D D D V A R
O O O O O O O O O O
O O O O O O O O O O
O
In the next Congress
D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D
D D D D V A A A A
A R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R
Key:
A = American
D = Democratic
O = Opposition
R = Republican
V = Vacant
Majority
divider

See also

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