1790 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election


Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1790

November 2, 1790 (1790-11-02) 1793 →
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Candidate Thomas Mifflin Arthur St. Clair
Party Democratic-Republican Federalist
Popular vote 27,974 2,864
Percentage 90.7% 9.3%

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County Results

Mifflin:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%


Governor before election

Thomas Mifflin (as President of Pennsylvania)

Elected Governor

Thomas Mifflin

The Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1790 was the first gubernatorial election after the establishment of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a U.S. state. Thomas Mifflin, the incumbent President of the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was elected as the first Governor of Pennsylvania. He defeated Federalist candidate Arthur St. Clair, former Revolutionary War general and President of the Continental Congress, by a wide margin.


Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1790[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-Republican Thomas Mifflin 27,974 90.71
Federalist Arthur St. Clair 2,863 9.29
Independent Charles Thomson 2 0.00
Total votes 30,840 100.00


  1. ^ "PA Governor General Election". OurCampaigns. Archived from the original on July 25, 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election Returns 1790". House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 3 July 2012.