1853 Philadelphia mayoral election

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Philadelphia mayoral election, 1853
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Nominee Charles Gilpin John Thompson
Party Whig Independent
Popular vote 8,002 4,392
Percentage 64.56% 35.44%

Mayor before election

Charles Gilpin

Elected Mayor

Charles Gilpin

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1853 saw the reelection of Charles Gilpin to a fourth consecutive term.[1]

This would ultimately be the last mayoral election before Philadelphia's county-city consolidation.[1] It would also be the last held for a single-year term as Philadelphia mayor.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

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]


1853 Philadelphia mayoral election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Charles Gilpin 8,002 64.56%
Independent John Thompson 4,392 35.44%
Total votes 12,394


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