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.
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Tillinghast took office on November 13, 1797
- Election details from Ourcampaigns.com
- Note: Source mistakenly gives party as Democratic-Republican; Tillinghast did later become a Democratic-Republican, but in the 5th Congress, he was a Federalist
- Source does not have full name
- 5th Congress membership roster Archived December 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine