Incumbent Republican J. Donald Cameron, who was elected in an 1877 special election and subsequently re-elected in 1879, 1885 and 1891, was not a candidate for re-election to another term. The Pennsylvania General Assembly, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, convened on January 19, 1897, to elect a new Senator to fill the term beginning on March 4, 1897. The results of the vote of both houses combined are as follows:
|Democratic||Chauncey F. Black||39||15.42|
- "U.S. Senate Election - 19 January 1897" (PDF). Wilkes University. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
| Pennsylvania U.S. Senate election (Class III)