Philadelphia mayoral election, 1839
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Nominee John Swift John K. Kane John C. Montgomery
General election vote 3,343 3,294 2,670
General election percentage 35.92% 35.39% 28.69%
City Council vote 26 0
City Council percentage 100.00% 0.00%

Mayor before election

Isaac Roach

Elected Mayor

John Swift

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1839 saw John Swift return to office for a seventh overall non-consecutive term.[1]

This was the first Philadelphia mayoral election in which members of the general public were able to vote.[1] Prior to this, the City Council solely elected mayors of Philadelphia.[1] Beginning in 1839, the city began to operate 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

1839 Philadelphia mayoral election results (general election)[1]
Candidate Votes %
John Swift 3,343 35.92%
John K. Kane 3,294 35.39%
John C. Montgomery 2,670 28.69%
Total votes 9,307

City Council (runoff)

1839 Philadelphia mayoral election results (City Council runoff)[1]
Candidate Votes %
John Swift 26 100.00%
John K. Kane 0 0.00%
Total votes 26


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