Mapping Early American Elections

6th Congress: Rhode Island 1798

Rhode Island elected two Federalists to the Sixth Congress.

Rhode Island used a statewide at-large method for electing members to Congress, though each of the two representatives was elected on separate tickets. This map shows returns for the contested election between John Brown and Thomas Tillinghast. Christopher Champlin won the other ticket virtually unopposed.

District Candidate Party Vote Percentage Elected
At-large Christopher G. Champlin Federalist 2,836 97.5%
At-large John Brown Federalist 2,680 65.4%
At-large Thomas Tillinghast Democratic-Republican 1,415 34.6%

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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