1796–1797 United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont

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Vermont's results by district

Due to Vermont's election law requiring a majority to secure a congressional seat, the 1st district required three ballots to choose a winner.

District Incumbent Party First
Result Candidates[1]
Vermont 1
"Western District"
Israel Smith Democratic-Republican 1791 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Democratic-Republican hold.
First ballot (September 9, 1796):
Matthew Lyon (Democratic-Republican) 40.7%
Israel Smith (Democratic-Republican) 22.1%
Samuel Williams 7.3%
Nathaniel Chipman (Federalist) 7.1%
Isaac Tichenor (Federalist) 6.5%
Gideon Olin (Democratic-Republican) 4.5%
Enoch Woodbridge 4.3%
Jonas Galusha (Democratic-Republican) 3.4%
Daniel Chipman (Federalist) 2.0%
Samuel Hitchcock 1.2%
Others 1.0%

Second ballot (December 11, 1796):
Matthew Lyon (Democratic-Republican) 46.7%
Samuel Hitchcock 25.7%
Israel Smith (Democratic-Republican) 21.4%
Samuel Williams 2.9%
Gideon Olin (Democratic-Republican) 1.1%
Others 2.3%

Third ballot (February 7, 1797):
Matthew Lyon (Democratic-Republican) 55.1%
Samuel Hitchcock 29.4%
Israel Smith (Democratic-Republican) 8.9%
Jonas Galusha (Democratic-Republican) 3.9%
Samuel Williams 0.7%
Scattering 2.1%
Vermont 2
"Eastern District"
Daniel Buck Federalist 1795 Incumbent re-elected. Daniel Buck (Federalist) 97.1%
Scattering 2.9%

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  1. ^ Only candidates with at least 1% of the vote listed