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The First American Party System The Philadelphia Congressional Election of 1794 Why was one candidate more appealing to the majority of Philadelphia voters In order to answer the above question there are many things things that you have to look at You need to look at the candidates them-selves and the people who voted for them What were the current issues and where did the candidates stand on the issues How the candidates relate to the public is a big issue First we should separately look at each of the candidates so we can understand where they come from and what the people liked about them Thomas Fitzsimons 1741-1811 was born in Ireland and moved to the colonies sometime before the revolution He quickly entered into the business scene and also quickly rose in business He served as a captain in the Pennsylvania militia during the Revolution and later was a member of the Continental Congress in 1782 and 83 He was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1786 and 87 After that he had the privilege of going to the Constitutional Convention and was a signer of the Constitution He later went on to be a major player in the political circles of Philadelphia He was also a Roman Catholic John Swanwick 1740-1798 came from that horrible country of England He and his family came to the colonies in the early 1770s His dad was a wagon master and a minor British government official His father was exiled as a Troy during the Revolution John however stayed and joined the Patriot cause In 1777 was hired into a merchant firm as a clerk He became an invaluable asset because of his ability to speak French and German He as well quickly rose up in business and was soon a partner in the ownership of the firm he was working for He later went on to hold
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