The Illinois gubernatorial election of 1852 was the tenth election for this office. Democratic governor Augustus C. French did not seek re-election. Democrat Joel Aldrich Matteson was elected to succeed him. At this time in Illinois history the Lieutenant Governor was elected on a separate ballot from the governor. This would remain the case until the adoption of the 1970 constitution.
|Democratic||Joel Aldrich Matteson||80,789||52.39%||-34.37%|
|Whig||Edwin B. Webb||64,408||41.76%||+34.52%|
|Free Soil||D. A. Knowlton||9,024||5.85%||-0.15%|
- Illinois Blue Book 1899