The Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1808 occurred on November 8, 1808. Incumbent governor
Thomas McKean, a former Democratic Republican who had faced impeachment by members of his own party during the prior term, was not a candidate. Democratic-Republican candidate
Simon Snyder, former
Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives defeated Federalist candidate and former
U.S. SenatorJames Ross to become Governor of Pennsylvania. Snyder, with the aid of a supportive press, campaigned as a "New School Democrat" and attempted to ally himself with
James Madison. He painted the former McKean administration as elitist and advocated for popular democracy, governmental intervention in the economy, and infrastructural support for
Western Pennsylvania counties.