Philadelphia mayoral election, 1843
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Nominee John Morin Scott Samuel H. Perkins
Popular vote 6,585 3,976
Percentage 62.33% 37.65%

Mayor before election

John Morin Scott

Elected Mayor

John Morin Scott

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1843 saw the reelection of John Morin Scott to a third consecutive term.[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]


1843 Philadelphia mayoral election results[1]
Candidate Votes %
John Morin Scott 6,585 62.33%
Samuel H. Perkins 3,976 37.65%
Others 3 0.03%
Total votes 10,564


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