1842 Philadelphia mayoral election

The 1842 Philadelphia mayoral election saw the reelection of John Morin Scott.[1]

1842 Philadelphia mayoral election
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Nominee John Morin Scott Richard Vaux
Popular vote 6,145 5,065
Percentage 54.80% 45.17%

Mayor before election

John Morin Scott

Elected Mayor

John Morin Scott

Electoral systemEdit

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]


1842 Philadelphia mayoral election results[1]
Candidate Votes %
John Morin Scott (incumbent) 6,145 54.80%
Richard Vaux 5,065 45.17%
Others 3 0.03%
Total votes 11,213


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