Philadelphia mayoral election, 1841
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Nominee John Morin Scott Samuel Badger
Popular vote 5,658 4,693
Percentage 54.66% 45.34%

Mayor before election

John Swift

Elected Mayor

John Morin Scott

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1841 saw the election of John Morin Scott.[1]

Electoral system

Beginning in 1839, the city operated 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]


1841 Philadelphia mayoral election results[1]
Candidate Votes %
John Morin Scott 5,658 54.66%
Samuel Badger 4,693 45.34%
Total votes 10,351


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