Mapping Early American Elections


6th Congress: South Carolina 1798

South Carolina elected five Federalists and one Democratic-Republican to the Sixth Congress.

Mapping this election is incomplete because of the lack of local returns in many areas.

South Carolina used the district system for electing members to Congress.

District Candidate Party Vote Percentage Elected
1 Thomas Pinckney Federalist unopposed
2 John Rutledge, Jr. Federalist
3 Benjamin Huger Federalist 743 41.9%
3 Lemuel Benton Democratic-Republican 574 32.4%
3 Tristram Thomas Federalist 394 22.2%
4 Thomas Sumter Democratic-Republican 1,228 64.6%
4 Richard Winn Federalist 672 35.4%
5 Robert G. Harper Federalist 1,963 65.3%
5 William Butler Democratic-Republican 1,041 34.7%
6 Abraham Nott Federalist 1,415 43.8%
6 William Smith Democratic-Republican 1,393 43.2%
6 William Hill Federalist 419 13%

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. The term Dissenting Republican includes various breakaway factions of the Democratic-Republican party.

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