1798 United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey

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United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey, 1798

← 1797 October 10, 1798 1800 →

All 5 New Jersey seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic-Republican Federalist
Last election 0 5
Seats won 3 2
Seat change Increase 3 Decrease 3
Popular vote 10,035 9,132
Percentage 52.4% 47.6%

Elections to the United States House of Representatives in New Jersey for the 6th Congress were held October 10, 1798.


All previous elections had been held on an at-large basis. Five Federalists had been elected in the previous election. For this election, New Jersey switched, for the first time, to using districts.

Election results[edit]

Three incumbents ran for re-election, of whom, two of whom lost to Democratic-Republicans. The incumbents Jonathan Dayton (F) and Thomas Sinnickson (F) did not run for re-election. In the districts with no incumbents, one was won by a Democratic-Republican and the other by a Federalist, for a net gain of 3 seats by the Democratic-Republicans

1798 United States House election results
District Democratic-Republican Federalist
Eastern[1] John Condit 3,378 52.5% James Schureman (I) 3,054 47.5%
Northern[2] Aaron Kitchell 3,399 72.5% Mark Thomson (I) 1,287 27.5%
Western[3] James Linn 1,613 51.3% Samuel R. Stewart 979 31.1%
Archibald Mercer 554 17.6%
Middle[4] Thomas Henderson 379 19.0% James H. Imlay (I) 1,614 81.0%
Southern[5] Jonathan Elmer 1,266 43.5% Franklin Davenport 1,644 56.5%

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