1848 Philadelphia mayoral election

The 1848 Philadelphia mayoral election saw the reelection of John Swift to a twelfth overall non-consecutive term.[1]

1848 Philadelphia mayoral election
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Nominee John Swift Samuel Badger
Popular vote 8,440 5,079
Percentage 62.09% 37.36%

Mayor before election

John Swift

Elected Mayor

John Swift

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

1848 Philadelphia mayoral election results[1]
Candidate Votes %
John Swift (incumbent) 8,440 62.09%
Samuel Badger 5,079 37.36%
Thomas Wattson 75 0.55%
Total votes 13,594

References edit

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