Philadelphia mayoral election, 1850
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Nominee Charles Gilpin Joel Jones
Party Whig Independent
Popular vote 7,363 5,081
Percentage 58.88% 40.63%

Mayor before election

Joel Jones

Elected Mayor

Charles Gilpin

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1850 saw the reelection of Charles Gilpin.[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]


1850 Philadelphia mayoral election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Charles Gilpin 7,363 58.88%
Independent Joel Jones (mayor) 5,081 40.63%
Independent W. J. A. Birkey 46 0.37%
Other Other 16 0.13%
Total votes 12,506


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