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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

Elected Mayor

Peter McCall

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

Electoral system

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]


General election

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)

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


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