1836 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania

The 1836 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania was held on December 14, 1836. Future President of the United States James Buchanan was re-elected by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to the United States Senate.[1]


After Sen. William Wilkins resigned from office to become U.S. Minister to Russia, James Buchanan was elected by the General Assembly, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, in 1834 to serve the remainder of the unexpired term, which was to expire on March 4, 1837.


The Pennsylvania General Assembly convened on December 14, 1836, to elect a Senator to serve the term beginning on March 4, 1837. The results of the vote of both houses combined are as follows:

State Legislature Results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Buchanan (Inc.) 85 63.91
Whig Thomas M. T. McKennan 24 18.05
Whig Charles B. Penrose 21 15.79
Democratic Thomas Cunningham 1 0.75
Democratic Isaac Leet 1 0.75
N/A Not voting 1 0.75
Totals 133 100.00%


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Senate Election - 14 December 1836" (PDF). Wilkes University. Retrieved 22 December 2013.

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Preceded by Pennsylvania U.S. Senate election (Class III)
Succeeded by