Philadelphia mayoral election, 1845
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Nominee John Swift Elhanan W. Keyser James Page
General election vote 4,979 4,538 3,946
General election percentage 36.77% 33.51% 29.14%
City Council vote 31 0
City Council percentage 100.00% 0.00%

Mayor before election

Peter McCall

Elected Mayor

John Swift

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1845 saw John Swift return to office for a ninth overall non-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]


General election

1845 Philadelphia mayoral election results (general election)[1]
Candidate Votes %
John Swift 4,979 36.77%
Elhanan W. Keyser 4,538 33.51%
James Page 3,946 29.14%
John Bouvier 78 0.58%
Total votes 13,541

City Council (runoff)

1845 Philadelphia mayoral election results (City Council runoff)[1]
Candidate Votes %
John Swift 31 100.00%
John K. Kane 0 0.00%
Total votes 31


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