Mapping Early American Elections


15th Congress: Delaware 1816

Delaware elected one Federalist and one Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth Congress.

Delaware used a statewide at-large system for electing members to Congress. Delaware’s election law required that voters select two candidates, with one residing in the voter’s own county, and the other residing in one of the state’s other two counties. Two at-large winners were elected.

District Candidate Party Vote Percentage Elected
At-large Louis McLane Federalist 3,580 23.9%
At-large Willard Hall Democratic-Republican 3,534 23.6%
At-large Caesar A. Rodney Democratic-Republican 3,521 23.6%
At-large Caleb Rodney Federalist 3,433 23%
At-large Other candidates 882 5.9%

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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