1832–33 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania

The 1832-1833 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania was held on eleven separate dates from December 1832 to December 1833. On December 7, 1833, Samuel McKean was elected by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to the United States Senate.[1][2]


The Pennsylvania General Assembly, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, convened on December 11, 1832, for the regularly scheduled Senate election for the term beginning on March 4, 1833. A total of thirty-six ballots were recorded. Ballots 1-17 were recorded on four separate dates (11th, 12th, 13th, 15th) in December 1832. Ballots 18-21 were recorded on two separate dates (9th and 10th) in January 1833. Ballots 22-29 were recorded on two separate dates (19th and 20th) in February 1833. The thirtieth ballot was recorded on March 12, 1833, followed by three additional ballots on April 2. Following the thirty-third ballot on April 2, the election convention adjourned sine die without electing a Senator.[1]

Upon the expiration of incumbent George M. Dallas' term on March 4, 1833, the seat was vacated. It was vacant until the election convention of the General Assembly re-convened on December 7, 1833, and elected Democrat Samuel McKean to the seat after three additional ballots.[2] The results of the third and final ballot (thirty-sixth ballot in total) of both houses combined during the December 7th session are as follows:

State Legislature Results[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Samuel McKean 74 55.64
Anti-Masonic William Clark 28 21.05
Democratic Thomas H. Crawford 19 14.29
Democratic James Buchanan 5 3.76
National Republican Garrick Mallery 3 2.26
Democratic Adam King 1 0.75
N/A Not voting 3 2.26
Totals 133 100.00%

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  1. ^ a b "U.S. Senate Election - 1832-33" (PDF). Wilkes University. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "U.S. Senate Election - 7 December 1833" (PDF). Wilkes University. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  3. ^ "PA US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 22 December 2012.

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