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OfficeHouse of Representatives
Type General Election
Filing Deadline November 20, 1788 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 26, 1788 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close November 26, 1788 - 06:00pm Central
Term Start April 01, 1789 - 12:00am
Term End March 04, 1791 - 12:00am
Contributoreddy 9_99
Last ModifiedChronicler July 11, 2007 04:48pm
Data SourcesMichael J. Dubin, United States Congressional Elections, 1788-1997 Official Election Results, pp. 2-3. The returns of Fayette County did not arrive in time to be included; the totals including Fayette County are F.A.C. Muhlenberg 8,736; Wynkoop 8,275; Hartley 8,191; Clymer 8,123; Fitzsimmons 8,116; Scott 8,096; J.P. Muhlenberg 7,467; Hiester 7,456; Allison 7,091; Chambers 7,077; Findley 6,637; Irvine 6,546; Pettit 6,534; Montgomery 6,398; McClenachan 6,275; and Whitehill 5,902.
Description The first election for U.S. House in Pennsylvania was held by the General Ticket method. Voters could vote for up to eight names of people.

The Federalist Party held a convention in Lancaster in early 11/1789 and nominated the ticket of F. Muhlenberg, Clymer, Scott, Fitzsimmons, Hartley, Wynkoop, Chambers, and Allison.

The Anti-Federalists met afterward in Harrisburg. They nominated P. Muhlenberg, Hiester, Findlay, Irvine, Pettit, Montgomery, McClanahan, and Whitehill. Peter Muhlenberg and Hiester at the time supported the Federal Constitution and in theory were Federalists.

The sizeable Pennsylvania German population decided to vote for the German candidates on each ticket. This tactic resulted in the election of six Federalists and two Anti-Federalists.

Source of narrative: Wayne C. Woodward, Congress: The Chester County Line, pp. 28-30.
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Name Del. Frederick A. Muhlenberg Del. Henry Wynkoop Thomas Hartley Del. George Clymer Del. Thomas Fitzsimons Thomas Scott John P. Muhlenberg
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Certified Votes8,707 (7.49%) 8,246 (7.09%) 8,163 (7.02%) 8,094 (6.96%) 8,086 (6.95%) 8,068 (6.94%) 7,417 (6.38%)
Margin0 (0.00%) -461 (-0.40%) -544 (-0.47%) -613 (-0.53%) -621 (-0.53%) -639 (-0.55%) -1,290 (-1.11%)
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Name Daniel Hiester Delegate John Allison Delegate Stephen Chambers William Findley Del. William Irvine Del. Charles Pettit William Montgomery
PartyAnti-Federal Federal Federal Anti-Federal Anti-Federal Anti-Federal Anti-Federal
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Certified Votes7,404 (6.37%) 7,067 (6.08%) 7,050 (6.06%) 6,586 (5.66%) 6,492 (5.58%) 6,481 (5.57%) 6,348 (5.46%)
Margin-1,303 (-1.12%) -1,640 (-1.41%) -1,657 (-1.42%) -2,121 (-1.82%) -2,215 (-1.90%) -2,226 (-1.91%) -2,359 (-2.03%)
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