1796 United States House of Representatives election in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire[edit]

New Hampshire's results

In 1796, New Hampshire had a single at-large district with 4 seats. Each voter cast 4 votes and a majority of voters (12.5% of votes) was required to be elected. Since only three candidates received a majority, a run-off was held between the candidates in fourth and fifth place to fill the remaining seat.

District Incumbent Party First
Result Candidates[1]
New Hampshire at-large
4 seats on a general ticket
Jeremiah Smith Federalist 1790 Incumbent re-elected. First ballot (August 29, 1796):
Jeremiah Smith (Federalist) 25.0%
Abiel Foster (Federalist) 24.3%
William Gordon (Federalist) 14.9%
Jonathan Freeman (Federalist) 9.5%
Peleg Sprague (Federalist) 4.4%
Woodbury Langdon (Democratic-Republican) 4.2%
John Prentice 4.1%
Thomas Cogwell 3.4%
Nathaniel Peabody 2.3%
John Bellows 2.1%
Joseph Cilley 1.9%
Nathaniel Rogers 1.9%

Second ballot (November 7, 1796):
Jonathan Freeman (Federalist) 72.5%
Peleg Sprague (Federalist) 27.5%
Nicholas Gilman Federalist 1788/89 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Federalist hold.
John Samuel Sherburne Democratic-Republican 1792 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Federalist gain.
Abiel Foster Federalist 1794 Incumbent re-elected.

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  1. ^ Only candidates with at least 1% of the vote listed