1840 United States Senate special election in Pennsylvania


The 1840 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania was held on January 14, 1840, after the regularly scheduled election in December 1838 was postponed due to the Buckshot War. Daniel Sturgeon was elected by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to the United States Senate.[1][2]


Democrat Samuel McKean was elected by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, in the 1832-1833 Senate election. Sen. McKean's term was to expire on March 4, 1839, and an election would have occurred during the winter of 1838-1839 elect a Senator for the successive term. The election did not occur, however, due to significant political unrest in Harrisburg, the state capital, over disputed election returns during the Buckshot War. McKean's seat was vacated when his term expired in March 1839 and remained vacant until the General Assembly elected a new Senator in 1840.[1]


The Pennsylvania General Assembly convened on January 14, 1840, to elect a Senator to serve out the remainder of the term that began on March 4, 1839. The results of the vote of both houses combined are as follows:

State Legislature Results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Daniel Sturgeon 87 65.41
Whig Charles Ogle 26 19.55
Anti-Masonic Richard Biddle 17 12.78
N/A Not voting 3 2.26
Totals 133 100.00%

See also


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Senate Election - 1838-1839 - No election" (PDF). Wilkes University. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Senate Election - 14 January 1840" (PDF). Wilkes University. Retrieved December 22, 2012.

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Preceded by
Pennsylvania U.S. Senate election (Class I)
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