United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1926

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Nominee William Scott Vare William Bauchop Wilson
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 822,187 648,680
Percentage 54.6% 43.1%

Pennsylvania Senatorial Election Results by County, 1926.svg
County results

U.S. Senator before election

George W. Pepper

Elected U.S. Senator

William Scott Vare

The 1926 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania was held on November 2, 1926. Incumbent Republican George W. Pepper, who was appointed following the death of Boies Penrose, was defeated for re-nomination by William Scott Vare.[1] Vare won the election, defeating Democratic opponent William Bauchop Wilson. He was not permitted to assume office, however, until an investigation was conducted into possible election fraud and corruption. Vare was ultimately unseated in December 1929 by the Senate, following charges of corruption.[2]

Major candidates




General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican William Scott Vare 822,187 54.64%
Democratic William B. Wilson 648,680 43.11%
Prohibition Elisha K. Kane 19,523 1.30%
Socialist George W. Snyder 9,869 0.66%
Workers Party A. J. Carey 3,094 0.21%
Commonwealth Land Robert Colvin Macauley, Jr. 1,053 0.07%
N/A Others 290 0.02%


  1. ^ a b "PEPPER, George Wharton, (1867 - 1961)". Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  2. ^ "VARE, William Scott, (1867 - 1934)". Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1926" (PDF). Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House. Retrieved 8 July 2014.