1799 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election


Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1799

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Nominee Thomas McKean James Ross
Party Democratic-Republican Federalist
Popular vote 37,244 32,643
Percentage 53.29% 46.71%

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County Results
McKean:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%
Ross:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%

Governor before election

Thomas Mifflin

Elected Governor

Thomas McKean

The Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1799 was between two candidates. Incumbent governor Thomas Mifflin was not running. The race was between Federalist U.S. Senator James Ross and Democratic-Republican Thomas McKean. The retired Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, McKean was a Federalist and a Mifflin ally, as both supported strong state executive power but rejected the domestic policies of the national government.


Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1799[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-Republican Thomas McKean 37,244 53.29
Federalist James Ross 32,643 46.71
Total votes 69,887 100.00


  1. ^ Miller, Herman P; Baker, W. Harry (1911). Smull's Legislative Handbook and Manual of the State of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania. p. 542.