Philadelphia mayoral election, 1849
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Nominee Joel Jones Charles Gilpin
Party Independent Whig
Popular vote 6,429 6,364
Percentage 50.19% 49.68%

Mayor before election

John Swift

Elected Mayor

Joel Jones

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1849 saw the election of Joel Jones..[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]


1849 Philadelphia mayoral election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Joel Jones (mayor) 6,429 50.19%
Whig Charles Gilpin 6,364 49.68%
Other Other 16 0.13%
Total votes 12,809


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