Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1817

Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1817
November 4, 1817 (1817-11-04)

Candidate William Findlay Joseph Hiester
Party Democratic-Republican Federalist
Popular vote 66,331 59,272
Percentage 52.8% 47.2%

County results* for the 1817 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election. Yellow denotes counties won by Findlay, orange denotes counties won by Hiester.
  *Results unknown

Governor before election

Simon Snyder

Elected Governor

William Findlay

The Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1817 occurred on November 4, 1817. Incumbent Democratic-Republican governor Simon Snyder was not a candidate for re-election. Simon's preferred successor, State Treasurer William Findlay, was nominated as the Democratic Republican by a caucus of legislative leaders. Conversely, U.S. Representative Joseph Hiester was chosen as a candidate by the Democratic Republican's first popular nominating convention; he additionally gained the endorsement of the declining Federalists.

The two men ran starkly different campaigns. Findlay sought to continue aggressive policies of infrastructural investment and economic intervention while maintaining the patronage system for governmental employment. Heister, a former Revolutionary War captain, called for a reduction in spending, an expansion in liberal economic policies, and an investigation into corruption in state government. Findlay was ultimately victorious by an approximately six point margin, as his dominance in the state's rural counties counteracted support for Heister in the cities.


Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1817[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-Republican William Findlay 66,331 52.81
Federalist Joseph Hiester 59,272 47.19
N/A Others 11 0.01
Total votes 125,614 100.00


  1. "PA Governor General Election". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 3 July 2012.

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