Mapping Early American Elections


1st Congress: Connecticut 1788

Connecticut elected five Federalists to the First Congress.

It is not possible to map this election because no town, county, or district level returns survive.

Connecticut used a state-wide at-large system to elect members of Congress. Connecticut had a two-tiered system of election. A nomination election was held first to establish the congressional candidates. Then a general election was held to decide who would be seated in congress.

In 1790, a special election was held to replace Pierpont Edwards who declined to serve. Jeremiah Wadsworth was elected.

District Candidate Party Vote Percentage Elected
At-large Benjamin Huntington Federalist
At-large Jeremiah Wadsworth Federalist
At-large Jonathan Sturges Federalist
At-large Jonathan Trumbull Federalist
At-large Roger Sherman Federalist

In most cases, only candidates who received more than 5 percent of the vote in a district are reported. Other candidates are reported as a group, but only if they in aggregate received more than 5 percent of the vote. In addition, percentages for each district may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.



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