Philadelphia mayoral election, 1851
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Nominee Charles Gilpin John Swift
Party Whig Democratic
Popular vote 9,275 3,934
Percentage 70.22% 29.78%

Mayor before election

Charles Gilpin

Elected Mayor

Charles Gilpin

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1851 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]


1851 Philadelphia mayoral election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Charles Gilpin 9,275 70.22%
Democratic John Swift 3,934 29.78%
Total votes 13,209


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