1788 United States House of Representatives election in Pennsylvania


United States House of Representatives election in Pennsylvania, 1788

November 26, 1788 1791 →

All 8 Pennsylvania seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
Party Pro-Administration Anti-Administration
Seats won 6 2
Popular vote 8,707 7,417
Percentage 54.0% 46.0%

An Election to the United States House of Representatives in Pennsylvania were held on November 26, 1788 for the 1st Congress.


The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and then ratified by the States. Pennsylvania's legislature ratified the Constitution on December 12, 1787 by a vote of 46-23. On July 8, 1788, the Congress of the Confederation passed a resolution calling the first session of the 1st United States Congress for March 4, 1789, to convene at New York City and the election of Senators and Representatives in the meanwhile by the States.


Pennsylvania's legislature scheduled the election for November 26, 1788, and provided for the election to be held on an at-large basis, an attempt by the Federalist-dominated legislature to prevent anti-Federalist Representatives from being elected in frontier districts. Both parties submitted tickets with 8 candidates each. The large German population in Pennsylvania tended to vote for German candidates, giving the Anti-Federalist Muhlenberg and Hiester enough votes to gain seats.[1]

1788 United States House election results
Pro-Administration Anti-Administration
Frederick Muhlenberg 8,707 7.49% Peter Muhlenberg 7,417 6.38%
Henry Wynkoop 8,246 7.09% Daniel Hiester 7,403 6.37%
Thomas Hartley 8,163 7.02% William Findley 6,586 5.66%
George Clymer 8,094 6.96% William Irvine 6,492 5.58%
Thomas Fitzsimmons 8,086 6.95% Charles Pettit 6,481 5.57%
Thomas Scott 8,068 6.94% William Montgomery 6,348 5.46%
John Allison 7,067 6.08% Blair McClenachan 6,223 5.35%
Stephen Chambers 7,050 6.06% Robert Whitehall 5,850 5.03%

See also


  • Electoral data and information on districts are from the Wilkes University Elections Statistics Project
  1. ^ Ourcampaigns.com article on this election