Philadelphia mayoral election, 1846
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Nominee John Swift Richard Vaux Peter A. Brown
General election vote 5,562 3,402 3,244
General election percentage 45.40% 27.77% 26.48%
City Council vote 30 0
City Council percentage 100.00% 0.00%

Mayor before election

John Swift

Elected Mayor

John Swift

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1846 saw John Swift reelected to office for a tenth 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

1846 Philadelphia mayoral election results (general election)[1]
Candidate Votes %
John Swift 5,562 45.40%
Richard Vaux 3,402 27.77%
Peter A. Brown 3,244 26.48%
Thomas Hansell 31 0.25%
Others 11 0.09%
Total votes 12,250

City Council (runoff)

1846 Philadelphia mayoral election results (City Council runoff)[1]
Candidate Votes %
John Swift 30 100.00%
Richard Vaux 0 0.00%
Total votes 30


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