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ⓘ 1912 United States Senate elections in Arizona




1912 United States Senate elections in Arizona
                                     

ⓘ 1912 United States Senate elections in Arizona

The 1912 United States Senate elections took place on December 12, 1911 and March 27, 1912. This marked the first U.S. Senate elections held in Arizona after it was admitted to the union.

Henry F. Ashurst was elected to the territorial house of representatives in 1897. He was re-elected in 1899, and became the youngest speaker of the territorys. In 1902 he was elected to the territorial Senate. In 1911, Ashurst presided over the constitutional Convention Arizonas. During the Convention, he positioned himself in the Senate, avoiding the political struggle over various provisions of the Constitution which damaged his rivals. In the admission of Arizona as a state in 1912, Ashurst was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the state of Arizona as one of the two senators, taking office on April 2 along with Marcus A. Smith.

Marcus A. Smith announced his candidacy for one of the two Arizonas seats in the Senate on September 24, 1911, as the campaign began, Smith abandoned its long-standing conservative stand and declared himself a "progressive." In Arizona, the legislature confirmed the selection of Smith and Ashurst as saying of the first U.S. senators on March 27, 1912.