Newfoundland general election, 1861

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The 9th Newfoundland general election was held in 1861 to elect members of the 8th General Assembly of Newfoundland in the Dominion of Newfoundland. 14 Conservatives and 12 Liberals were elected. The results in Harbour Grace and Harbour Main electoral districts were set aside following violence at the polls; members were elected in subsequent by-elections.[1] The Liberal Party led by John Kent was defeated by the Conservatives led by Hugh Hoyles; Ambrose Shea replaced Kent as party leader.

Results by party[edit]

  Party Leader 1859 Seats won % change Popular vote (%)
Conservative Hugh Hoyles 12 15
Liberal John Kent 18 13
Vacant - 2
Totals 30 30

Elected members[edit]


  • "Journal of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland : anno vigessimo (sic) quarto Victoriæ Reginæ ... first session of the eighth General Assembly". 1861. pp. 1–10. Retrieved 2009-10-19.