Philadelphia mayoral election, 1852
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Nominee Charles Gilpin William Badger
Party Whig Independent
Popular vote 8,792 4,328
Percentage 64.99% 31.99%

Mayor before election

Charles Gilpin

Elected Mayor

Charles Gilpin

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1852 saw the reelection of Charles Gilpin to a third 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]


1852 Philadelphia mayoral election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Charles Gilpin 8,792 64.99%
Independent William Badger 4,328 31.99%
Independent John S. Warner 408 3.02%
Total votes 13,528


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