Rhode Island's at-large congressional district special election, 1797

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A special election was held in Rhode Island's at-large congressional district on August 29, 1797 to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Elisha R. Potter (F) shortly after the end of the 1st session of the 5th Congress.

Election results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes[1] Percent
Thomas Tillinghast Federalist[2] 234 78.3%
James Burrill, Jr. Federalist 54 18.1%
Clark[3] Democratic-Republican 11 3.7%

Tillinghast took office on November 13, 1797[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Election details from Ourcampaigns.com
  2. ^ Note: Source mistakenly gives party as Democratic-Republican; Tillinghast did later become a Democratic-Republican, but in the 5th Congress, he was a Federalist
  3. ^ Source does not have full name
  4. ^ 5th Congress membership roster