1844 Philadelphia mayoral election

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Philadelphia mayoral election, 1844
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Nominee Peter McCall Elhanan W. Keyser Samuel Badger
Party Whig Know Nothing Democratic
General election vote 5,506 5,065 4,032
General election percentage 37.69% 34.67% 27.60%
City Council vote 30 0
City Council percentage 100.00% 0.00%

Mayor before election

John Morin Scott
Whig

Elected Mayor

Peter McCall
Whig

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1844 saw the election of Peter McCall.

Electoral system[edit]

Beginning in 1839, the city operated under a mixed electoral system. Citizens voted for mayor in a general election. If a candidate receive a majority of the vote, they would be elected mayor. However, if no candidate received a majority, the City Council would select a mayor from the top-two finishers.[1]

Results[edit]

General election[edit]

1844 Philadelphia mayoral election results (general election)[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Peter McCall 5,506 37.69%
Know Nothing Elhanan W. Keyser 5,065 34.67%
Democratic Samuel Badger 4,032 27.60%
Other Others 7 0.05%
Total votes 14,610

City Council (runoff)[edit]

1844 Philadelphia mayoral election results (City Council runoff)[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Peter McCall 30 100.00%
Know Nothing Elhanan W. Keyser 0 0.00%
Total votes 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mayors of the City of Philadelphia 1691-2000". City of Philadelphia. Retrieved 28 April 2019.