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ⓘ 1913 United States Senate special election in Maryland




1913 United States Senate special election in Maryland
                                     

ⓘ 1913 United States Senate special election in Maryland

A Special Election to the United States Senate was held in Maryland on November 4, 1913 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sen. Isidor Rayner. The election was the second Senate election held under the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which required direct election of senators.

Blair Lee I, a Democrat and former Senator, became the first U.S. Senator is directly elected by the people of the state, enshrined in constitutions, while other States previously elected indirectly through party primaries and General elections, which were ratified by the legislature of the state. The election led to a dispute when an employee, who was appointed to fill the Reyners seat, Republican William P. Jackson, refused to give up his place in Leigh. Jackson claimed that "since he was appointed under the original position, he was entitled to take his seat until the regularly scheduled date of completion of the Assembly of Maryland". The Senate considered the Jacksons a call, but in the end rejected him and sitting there.