1796 Rhode Island's at-large congressional district special election

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A special election was held in Rhode Island's at-large congressional district on November 15, 1796 to fill a vacancy left in both the 4th and 5th Congresses by the resignation of Benjamin Bourne (F).

Election results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes[1] Percent
Elisha R. Potter Federalist 1,619 71.0%
Peleg Arnold Democratic-Republican 662 29.0%

Potter took his seat December 19, 1796[2] but the subsequently resigned after the 1st Session of the 5th Congress, resulting in a second special election

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