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George A. Evans.

COMPANY K RECRUITED IN ERIE COUNTY.

Captains— John W. Walker, John C. Hil-
ton', C. W. Deveieatrx, Samuel V. Dean.

First Lieutenants — James F. Wittich, John
C. Hilton, C. W. Devereaux, Samuel C.
Snell, George W. Young.

Second Lieutenants — C. W. Devereaux,
R. M. Brown, Samuel V. Dean, Samiiel C.
Snell.



AND UISTOBICAL REFERENCE BOOK OF ERIE COUNTY.



TWELFTH CAVALRY REGIMENT.



A company was enlisted at Union for the
cavalry service, which became a part of the
Twelfth Cavalry regiment. It did good serv-
ice from early in 1862 to the 20th of July,
1865, when it was mustered out. The follow-
ing were the several officers of the company :

Captains — Geo. H. Russell, Elmer F.
Jennings, Wm. H. McAllister, 6. B. Tour-
tellot.



H. Fenno,



First Lieutenants — Melvi
Henry A. Drake.

Second Lieutenant — Bela P. Scovi

Sergeants — C. S. McCullough.
White, H. S. Logan, Newton B.
Wm. H. Keasey, Perry Smiley.

Capt. McAllister was promoted to be
Lieutenant-Colonel, May 18, 1865. The regi-
ment has held an annual re-union since 1890,
the last one at Union Citv, August 13, 1895.



John
PaVker,



CHAPTER XXVII.



Record of Political Evexts from 1798 to 1895 Inclusive.



1788 to 1800— In 1788 and 1792, Allegheny
county, which embraced Erie county until
1800, gave a unanimous vote for George
Washington for President, who was elect-
ed without opposition. John Adams was
chosen Vice President.

In 1790 Thomas Mifflin was elected the
first Governor of the State under the Consti-
tutional system.

In 1796, the Jefferson electors received 392
votes, and the Adams electors seventy-seven in
Allegheny county. The State cast one elec-
toral vote for Adams, fourteen for Jefferson,
two for Thomas Pickering, and thirteen for
Aaron Burr. Adams was elected President
and Jefferson Vice President.

The vote of the commonwealth within the
above period was for Governor : 1790 —
Thomas Tslifflin, Democrat, 27,725; Arthur
St. Clair, Federal, 2,802. 1793— Thomas
Mifflin, Democrat, 18,590; F.A.Muhlenberg,
Federal, 10,706. 1796— Thomas Mifflin,
Democrat, 30,020; F. A. Muhlenberg, Fede-
ral, 1,011. 1799— Thomas McKean, Demo-
crat, 38,086; James Ross, Federal, 32,641.

Allegheny county voted each time for the
successful candidate.

The first election of which there is a record
in Erie countv occurred at Erie in October,
1798.



April 8, 1799, six election districts were
created in the township of Erie — one to hold
elections in the town of Erie ; one at the house
of Timothy Tuttle, in North East ; one at the
house of John McGonigle, at or near Edin-
boro ; one at the house of Thomas Hamilton,
in Lexington, Conneaut township ; one at the
house of Daniel Henderson, in Waterford ;
one at the house of William Miles, in Concord
township.

JEFFERSON ELECTED.

1800 — The State cast eight electoral votes
for Jefferson, eight for Burr, seven for Adams,
and seven for C. C. Pinckney. Jeflerson was
chosen President and Burr Vice President.
This section of the .State gave a majority for
Jefferson and Burr.

Albert Gallatin was elected to Congress
from the Western District of the State, em-
bracing Erie county. Gallatin was appointed
Secretary of the Treasury by President Jeffer-
son in 1801, and resigned his seat in Con-
gress. •

The candidates for other positions received
the following votes :

State Senator — John Hamilton, Washing-
ton county, 2,002 ; John Hoge, Washington,
847. The district comprised the whole of



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Western Pennsylvania north of Virginia at)d
west of the Allegheny river.

Samuel Ewalt, of Allegheny county, was
chosen to the Assembly.

1801 — William Hoge, Washington county,
was elected to fill the vacancy in Congress
caused by the resignation of Albert Gallatin.

William McArthur, of Meadville, was
elected to represent Erie, Mercer, Crawford
Venango and Warren counties in the Senate.
This Senatorial District continued until 1886.

Alexander Buchanan, of Crawford county,
was sent to the Assembly.

1802— For Governor, Erie, Crawford,
Mercer, Venango and Warren counties still
voting together, cast 1,835 votes for Thomas
McKean, the Democratic, and 187 for James
Ross, the Federal candidate. The vote of the
State was as follows: Thomas McKean,
Democrat, 88,086; James Ross. Federal,
82,641.

John B. C. Lucas, of Beaver county, was
elected to Congress.

John Lytle, Jr., of Erie county, was elected
to the Assembly-

ERIE COUNTY VOTES SEPARATELY.

1803 — This year Erie county voted sep-
arately for county officers for the first time.
The following was the result : Sheriff — Wil-
son Smith, Waterford, 267; Martin Strong,
Waterford, 201. Coroner — Abraham Smith,
Erie, 288; John C. Wallace, Erie, 184.

The County Commissioners elected were
John Vincent, of Waterford ; James Weston,
of LeBcEuf; and Abiather Crane, of Mill
Creek.

John Lytle, Jr., was elected to the As-
sembly.

John Hoge, of Washington county, was
elected to Congress.

JEFFERSON RE-ELECTED.

1804— The county cast 112 ballots for
President, all for the Jefferson electors. The
State gave its electoral votes to Jeflerson and
Burr, who were elected.

John B. C. Lucas was re-elected to Con-
gress.

Wilson Smith, of Waterford, was elected
to the Assembly.

William Clark, of Erie, James Lowry, of
North East, and John Phillips, of Venango,
were elected County Commissioners.



PARTY NAMES AND ORGANIZATIONS.

1805 — The candidates for Governor were
Thomas McKean and Simon Snyder, both
Democrats. Erie county gave McKean 254,
and Snyder 377 votes. The vote of the State
was as follows : Thomas McKean, 43,644;
Simon Snyder, 38,433 ; Samuel Snyder, 395.

For Sheriff, John Milroy, of Erie, received
296, and Jacob Carmack, of Erie, 295 votes.
By law the two highest candidates were re-
turned to the Governor, who made a choice
between them. Carmack received the ap-
pointment.

William McArthur was re-elected to the
Senate and Wilson Smith to the Assembly.
John Hay, of Erie, was chosen. County Com-
missioner.

John B. C. Lucas having resigned from
Congress November 7, Samuel Smith, of Mill
Creek, Erie county, was chosen in his place.

The opposing parties were distinguished as
Democratic-Republican and Federal Repub-
lican. This continued to be the case until
1829, when the anti-Masonic excitement came
up. Erie county was strongl}' Democratic-
Republican, and all of the candidates elected
up to 1880 were nominated by that party, ex-
cept an occasional Independent. The Demo-
cratic-Republicans held a convention in the
county every year from 1805 to 1880. The
name Democratic — without the annex — is first
found in the Erie Observer in 1831.

1806 — Samuel Smith was re-elected to
Congress by a majority of 715.

Wilson Smith was elected Assemblyman,
and John McCreary, of Mill Creek, County
Commissioner.

John Milroy was elected Coroner.

FIRST ELECTION DISTRICTS IX ERIE COUNTY.

1807 — Wilson Smith was re-elected to the
Assembly.

John Gray, of Erie, was elected Coroner,
and John Boyd, of Waterford, County Com-
missioner.

April 11, 1807, the following election dis-
tricts were constituted, and their voting places
designated :

No. 1. Erie and Mill Creek, at the court
house.

No. 2. " Coniaute " and McKean, at
house of James McGuines.

No. 3. Fairview, at house of William
Sturgeon.



AND HISTORICAL REFERENCE BOOK OP ERIE COUJSTy.



No. 4. Springfield, at liouse of William
Porter.

No. 5. "Conniat '' and Elk Creek, at town
of Lexington.

No. f). •' LeBtrurt' ■" and Waterford, at
house of Jonas Clark.

No. 7- Beaver Dam and Harbor Creek,
at house of Thomas Morton.

No. 8. North East, at house of Andrew
Lowry.

No. i). Greenfield and \^enango, at house
of Philo Parker.

No. 10. Brokenstraw and Union, at house
of John Taj'lor.

In 1808, Venango was made District No.
11. The election place was fi.xed at the house
of John Yost.

MADISON ELECTED.

180S — Erie county cast 200 votes for the
Madison electors, and eighty-six against them.
The State gave her vote for James Madison for
President and George Clinton for Vice Presi-
dent, who were elected.

The vote for Governor was 345 for Simon
Snyder, Democrat, and 244 for James Ross,
Federal. That of the State was as follows :
Simon Snyder, Democrat, 67,975 ; James
Ross, Federal, 39,575; John Spavd, Independ-
ent Democrat, 4,006.

Samuel Smith was re-elected to Congress.

John Phillips, of Erie county, and J^^mes
Harrington, of Mercer, were elected fo the
Assembly.

The vote on other officers was as follows :
■Sheriff' — Jacob Spang, of Erie, 328; Robert
Irvin, of Er^e, 287; John Salsbury, of Con-
neaut, 307.

Francis Brawley, of North East, was
elected County Conunissioner. and Thomas
Rees. of Harbor Creek, Coroner.

1809 — ^^'ilson Smith was elected to the
State Senate.

John Phillips, of Erie countv. and James
Harrington, of ^Mercer countv. were chosen to
the Assembly.

Thomas Forster. of Erie, was elected
County Commissioner, and John C. \Vallace.
of Erie, Coroner.

1810— John Phillips, of Erie county, and
Roger ,\lden, of Crawford county, were
elected to the Assembly.

Abner Lacock, of Beaver county, was
elected to Congress.



For Sheriff, James E. Herron, of Erie, re-
I ceived 278, and James Weston, of LeBceuf,
278 votes. Weston obtained the appointment
from the Governor.

John Salsbury was elected County Com-
missioner.

1811 — The county gave Simon Snyder,
Democratic candidate for Governor, 343 votes,
he having no regular opposition. The vote of
the State was as follows ; Simon Snyder,
i Democrat, 52,319; William Tilghman, Inde-
pendent, 3,609,

John Phillips, of Erie county, and Patrick
Farrelly, of Crawford county, were elected to
[ the Assembly.

Thomas Wilson, of Erie, was elected
County Commissioner.

MADISON RE-ELECTED.

1812 — The vote of Erie county was 152 for
the Madison, and 129 for the opposition
electors. The State cast its electoral vote for
James Madison for President, and Elbridge
Gerr}' for Vice President, who were elected.

Phillips and Farrelly were re-elected to the
Assembly.

Abner Lacock, Beaver county, was re-
elected to Congress.

Henry Taylor, North East, was elected
County Commissioner and John ?\Iilroy. of
Erie, Coroner.

1813 — The Legislature having chosen
Abner Lacock United States Senator, he re-
signed, and Thomas Wilson, of Erie, was
elected to Congress in his stead at a special
election held in May.

Joseph Shannon was elected to the Senate
and James Weston, of Erie county, and James
Burchfield, of Crawford county, to the A.s-
sembly.

For SheritT. Da\id Wallace, of Erie, re-
ceived 187, and John Tracy, of Waterford,
127 votes.

Thomas Forster was reelected County
Commissioner. John Grubb, of Mill Creek,
was elected to the same office to fill a vacancj-
caused by the resignation of Thomas Wilson.

1814— The vote of the county was 308 for
Simon Snyder, Democrat, fifty-five for Isaac
Wayne, Federal, and seventy-seven for George
Lattimore, Independent Democrat. The State
voted as follows :

Simon Snyder, 51,099 ; Isaac Wayne, 29,-
566 ; George Lattimore, 910.



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Thomas Wilson was re-elected to Congress,
and Weston and Burchfield to the Assembly.

Henry Taylor, of North East, was re-
elected County Commissioner.

1815 — Jacob Harrington, of Mercer, James
Weston, of Erie, and Ralph Marlin, of Craw-
ford, were elected to the Assembly. Tlie dis-
trict had been changed to Erie, Crawford,
Mercer, Warren and Venango, electing three
members.

Robert McClelland, of Mill Creek, was
elected County Commissioner, and John Mor-
ris, of Erie, Coroner.

MONROE ELECTED.

1816 — James Monroe was elected Presi-
dent, and Elbridge Gerry, Vice President.
The county gave the Monroe ticket 130, and
the opposition eighty-four votes. In the State
Monroe had 25,609 votes, and the opposition
ticket 17,587.

Henry Hurst, of Crawford county, formerly
of North East, was elected State Senator in
place of Joseph Shannon, resigned.

Robert Moore, of Beaver, was elected to
Congress; Jacob Harrington, Ralph Marlin,
and Samuel Hays, of Venango county, to the
Assembly, and Thomas Forster, of Erie, Coun-
ty Commissioner.

The vote for Sheriff was as follows :
Stephen Wolverton, of Erie, 290; James Hall,
of Springfield, 242.

1817 — The candidates for Governor were
William Findlay, Democrat ; and Joseph
Hiester, Federal. Erie county gave Findlay
385, and Hiester, 261. The vote of the State
was : Findlay, 66,331 ; Hiester, 59,292.

Henry Hurst was re-elected to the Senate,
the district comprising Erie, Crawford, Mer-
cer, Venango and Warren counties.

Samuel Haj's, of Venango county, Thomas
Wilson, of Erie county, and Ralph Marlin, of
Crawford county, were elected to the Assem-
bly, and Robert Brown, of Erie, was elected
County Commissioner.

1818 — Robert Moore, of Beaver county,
was re-elected to Congress over Thomas Wil-
son, of Erie.

Jacob Harrington, Mercer. James Coch-
ran, Crawford, and Joseph Hackney, Ve-
nango, were elected Assemblymen, George
Moore, of Erie, County Commissioner, and
Samuel Hays, of Erie, Coroner.

1819 — Wilson Smith, of Erie county.



James Cochran, of Crawford, and William
Connelly, of Venango, were elected to the As-
sembly.

The vote for county ofiicers was as follows ;

Sheriff— Thomas Laird, Erie, 349 ; David
Wallace, Erie, 330; Amos P. Woodford,
Waterford, 157.

Commissioner — Stephen Wolverton, Erie,
427 ; James Hall, Springfield, 255 ; Abiather
Crane, Mill Creek, forty-nine ; Jonah Cowgill,
Erie, three.

POLITICAL HARMONV MONROE RE-ELECTED.

1820 — The Presidential election was held
in the fall of this year, James Monroe being
unanimously supported for re-election. Patrick
Farrelly was the elector for this district. For
Governor, the Democrats supported William
Findlay, of Franklin, and the Federalists Gen.
Joseph Hiester, of Berks. Hiester was elect-
ed. Erie gave Findlay 519 votes, and Hiester
415.

The candidates for Congress were Robert
Moore, of Beaver, and Patrick Farrelly, of
Crawford. Farrelly was elected. The can-
didates for Assembly were Wilson Smith,
Erie county ; George Moore, Erie ; Jacob Har-
rington, Mercer ; William Connelly, Venango ;
James Cochran, Crawford; William Mooie,
Venango, and Walter Oliver, Mercer. All of
the above gentlemen claimed to be Democrats.
Messrs. Smith, Connelly and Harrington were
elected. George Nicholson, Fairview, was
chosen Commissioner by se\-enty-five majority
over Henry Colt, of Waterford. Thomas H.
Sill, Erie, and Thomas Dunn, McKean, were
elected Auditors.

Alexander McNair, formerly of Mill Creek,
was this year elected first Governor of Mis-
souri.

1821 — The following were the candidates:
State Senate — Samuel Lord, Meadville; Gen.
Henry Hurst, Meadville ; Jacob Harrington,
Mercer. Harrington was elected. George
Moore, Erie; James Cochran, Crawford, and
David Brown, Warren, were elected to the
Assembly. Thomas Forster, Erie, was elected
Commissioner by twenty-three majority over
Henry Colt. Thomas Rees, Harbor Creek, was
elected Auditor, and Benjamin Russell, Mill
Creek. Coroner.

1822 — The candidates for Congress were
Patrick Farrelly, Crawford, and Samuel Wil-
liamson, Mercer, both Democrats. Farrelly



AND EISTOBWAL REFERENCE BOOK OF ERIE COUNTY.



was elected by a majority of about 2,000 in
the district.

The Assembly district was changed this
year, Erie and Warren being placed together,
and allowed one member. George Moore,
Erie borough, and James Weston, LeBoeuf,
were the candidates for that office, the latter
being elected by a majority of only seventeen
votes. Stephen Wolverton, Erie, David Wal-
lace, Mill Creek, and Simeon Dunn, Erie, were
candidates for Sheriff. Wolverton's majority
was 306 over both of his competitors. Henry
Colt, Waterford, Alexander McClosky, North
East, and Thomas Rees, Harbor Creek, were
candidates for Commissioner. Colt was elected
by a majority of sixtj'-tvvo votes over both of
the others. Thomas Dunn, McKean, was
chosen Auditor.

1823 — For Governor the Democrats sup-
ported John Andrew Shulze, Lebanon ; the
Federalists, Andrew Gregg, Centre. The vote
of the county was : Schulze, 754 ; Gregg, fi04
— Democratic majority, 150. The vote of the
State was : Schulze, 89,928; Gregg, 64,211.
For Assembly, George Moore, Erie, and
Thomas H. Sill, Erie, were the candidates.
Sill was elected by a majority of 149 in the
district. Alexander McClosky was chosen
Commissioner over John Cochran, Mill Creek,
and E. D. Gunnison, Erie. Daniel Sayre,
Fairview, was elected Auditor.

JOHN Q.UINCV ADAMS CHOSEN PRESIDENT BY
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

1824 — A convention met March 4, of this
year, at Harrisburg, and nominated Andrew
Jackson for President, and John C. Calhoun
for Vice President. Henry Clay, who at that
time acted with the Democratic party, re-
ceived ten votes for the latter position. An-
other convention was held in Harrisburg,
August 9, which nominated William H. Craw-
ford, of Georgia, for President, and Albert
Gallatin, Pennsylvania, for Vice President.
Henry Clay and John Qiiincy Adams were
also candidates before the people for President.
The candidates for elector were as follows ;
For Jackson, John Boyd, Waterford; for
Adams, Jesse Moore, Meadville; for Craw-
ford, James Montgomerv ; for Clav, Charles
H. Israel.

The vote of the county was ; For Jackson,
302; Adams, fifty-five : Crawford, ten ; Clay



The vote in the State was : Jackson, 35,-
894; Adams, 8,405; Crawford, 4,186; Clay,
: 1,701.

None of the candidates received a majority
of the electoral votes in the Union, and the
election was thrown into the House, where
Adams was chosen President.

For Congress, Patrick Farrelly and Samuel
Williamson were opposing candidates. Far-
relly's majority in the district was 3,133.
The district consisted of Erie, Crawford,
Mercer, Venango and Warren.

John Phillips, of Venango township, was
elected to the Assembly over George Moore.
John Morris, Erie, was chosen Commissioner
over John Salsbury, Conneaut, and E. D.
Gunnison, Erie. Rufus Seth Reed, Erie, was
elected Coroner, and Thomas Rees, Harbor
Creek, Auditor.

1825 — For State Senate, Wilson Smith.
Waterford ; George Moore, Erie ; Thomas
Atkinson , Crawford ; James Herriott, Mercer ;
I and John Leech, Mercer, were opposing can-
i didates. Moore had one majority over all
I in this county, but Leech received a majority
in the district. Stephen Wolverton was
chosen to the Assembly over John Phillips
and Abiather Crane, Erie county, and Archi-
bald Tanner and J. W. Irvine, Warren. The
candidates for Sheriflf were : Henry Colt,
Waterford : Thomas Forster, Erie ; Thomas
Laird, Erie; A. W. Brewster, Erie; Albert
Thayer, Mill Creek, and David McCreary,
Mill Creek. Mr. Thayer was elected. The
candidates forCommissioner were : John Sals-
bury, Conneaut ; William Benson, Waterford ;
John Gray, Erie ; Thomas Dunn, McKean,
and Giles Hulbert, Waterford. Mr. Salsbury
was elected. Col. James McKay, Waterford,
was chosen Auditor for the regular term, and
William E. McNair, Mill Creek, for one year,
in place of Daniel Sayre, who moved out of
the county.

A proposition to form a new State Consti-
tution was brought before the people and
voted down, the majority against it in Erie
county being 1,062.

1826 — Patrick Farrelly, Congressman from
this district, died at Pittsburg, on his way to
Washington, February 12, 1826, and a special
election was held in March, following, for his
successor. The candidates were Thomas H.
Sill, Erie ; Samuel Hays, Venango ; Jacob
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N'ELSON'-S BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY



Crawford. Mr. Sill was elected. At the
regular October election, Sill. Barlow and
John Findlaj', Mercer, were candidates for
Congress. Barlow was elected.

At the October election of this year, Gov.
Shulze had no opposition in Erie county.
The vote of the Suite was : John Andrew
Shulze, Democrat, 64,211 ; John Sergeant.
Philadelphia, Federal, 1,474. "

The candidates for Assembly were Stephen
Wolverton, Ale.x. McCloskey, George Moore
and George Stuntz, Erie coimty; and John
Andrews, Warren. Wolverton was re-elect-
ed. William Benson, Waterford ; Thomas
Forster, Erie, and James M. Moorhead,
Harbor Creek, were candidates for Commis-
sioner. Benson was elected. Martin Strong,
McKean, was chosen Auditor.

1837 — Stephen Wolverton was re-elected
to the Assembly over Alex. McCloskey, North
East, his only opponent. William Fleming,
Erie, was elected Coroner ; James M. Moor-
head was chosen Comlnissioner over Thomas
Forster. David H. Chapman, Fairview, was
chosen Auditor.

JACKSON ELECTED PRESIDENT.

1828 — The Jackson State Convention was
held in Harrisburg January 8. Andrew Jack-
son was nominated for President, and John
C. Calhoun for Vice President. James Dun-
can, Mercer county, was the electoral candi-
date for this Congressional district.

The Adams Convention met about the 4th
of March, and nominated John Qiiincy Adams
for President, and Richard Rush, Pennsyl-
vania, for Vice President. John Leech, Mercer
county, was the electoral candidate for this
Congressional district.

The State election was held October 14.
The candidates in this district and county
were as follows : Congress — Thomas H. Sill,
Erie county; and Stephen Barlow, Crawford.
The vote in the county was 1,406 for Sill and
866 for Barlow. Sill received a majority of
about 600 in the district. Assembly — George
Moore, Stephen Wolverton and Wilson Smith,
all of Erie county. Moore was elected. Sheriff
— Alex. W. Brewster, Erie ; Thomas Mellen,
North East; Daniel vSawtell, Springfield;
.Smith Jackson, Erie; Richard Arbuckle and
John G. Caldwell, Mill Creek. Brewster was
elected. Commissioner (three years) — Albert
Thayer, Erie ; George Nicholson, Fairview.



Thayer was elected by a nearly unanimous
vote. Commissioner (one year) — in place of
William Benson, Waterford, resigned — My-
ron Hutchinson. Springfield; James Pollock,
LeBanif ; and John Boyd, Waterford. Hutch-
inson was elected. Robert Cochran, Mill
Creek, was elected Auditor.

The Presidential election was held on Fri-
day, October 31, and resulted as follows :



Erie and Mill Creek

McKean

Fairview


.\D.\MS.

.. 133

.. 52
95


JACKSON

188


Spring-field


.. 118


31


Waterford and LeBoeuf


115


fO


Harbor Creek

North East


. . 56

85


54
116


Greenfield


.. 24


13


Venang-o

Conneauttee (now Washington


.. 23
.. 58


46


Beaver Dam (now Greene)

Concord


.. 8
.. 16


20
10


Wayne

Total


.. 12
,. 945


773



The vote of the State was : Jackson, 101,-
652 ; Adams, 50,848 ; Jackson's majority,
50,804. Jackson and Calhoun had a large
majority of the electoral votes of the Union.

THE ANTI-M.\SOXIC ERA.

1829 — The Anti-Masonic excitement had
by this year risen into a political issue, and a
separate party organization was formed, em-
bracing a large portion of the supporters of
Mr. Adams. The Democratic State Conven-
tion met at Havrisbuig on the 4th of March
and nominated George Wolf, Northampton
county, for Governor. The Anti-Masonic
State Convention met at the same place on the
same day, and nominated Joseph Ritner,
Washington county. The vote of Erie countv
was : Ritner, 1,545 ; Wolf, 497. The vote o"f
the State was ■. George Wolf, Democrat,
77,988; Joseph Ritner, Anti-Mason, 51,724 :
Wolf's majority, 2(5,264.

For .State Senate, Thomas S. Cunningham,
Mercer county, defeated Wilson Smith, Erie
county, by over 2,7(X) majority in the district.
George Moore was elected to the Assembly
over Stephen Wolverton. Joseph M. Ster-
rett, Erie; Myron Hutchinson, Springfield,
and William Grav, Wayne, were candidates



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for Commissioner. Sterrett was elected bv w
majority of twenty-six o\er Hutcliinson, the
next highest candidate. Eli Webster, McKcan.
was elected Auditor.

1830 — This was the tirst year in which
Anti-Masonry entered directly into the choice
of district and county officers. The Anti-Ma-
sonic candidate for Congress was John Banks,
of Mercer county. The Democratic candidate
was Thomas .S. Cunningham, Mercer^ county.
Banks had a majority of 316 in Erie county,
and 1,135 in the district. The candidates for
county officers were as follows :

Anti-Masonic — Assembly, John Riddle,
Erie ; Commissioner, James Pollock, LeBreuf ;



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