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Coroner, David Wallace, Erie ; Auditor, John
J. Swan, Fairview.

Democratic-Republican — Assembly, P. S.
V. Hamot, Erie; Commissioner, John Sals-
bury, Fairview; Coroner, Charles Lay, Erie;
Auditor, Thomas Laird, of Erie.

The Anti-Masonic ticket was successful by
an average majority of 250.

1831— The candidates were as follows :

Anti-Masonic — Assemblj', John Riddle ;
Sheriff, William Fleming, Erie; Commis-
sioner, Thomas R. Miller, Springfield; Audi-
tor, James Smedley, North East.

*Democratic — Assembly, George Moore,
Erie; Sherifl", Albert Thayer, Erie ; Commis-
sioner, Thomas Mellen, North East; Auditor,
John G. Caldwell, Mill Creek.

Independent Candidates — Assembly, Will-
iam Dickson, North East ; Sheriff, David Zim-
merman and James McConkey, Erie.

The Anti-Masonic candidates were suc-
cessful by average majorities of about 400.
None of the independent candidates had much
of a support.

JACKSOX RE-ELECTED.

1832 — The candidates for Governor were
George Wolf, Democrat, and Joseph Ritner,
Anti-Masonic.

The Democrats of Pennsylvania supported
Andrew Jackson for President, and William
Wilkins, this State, for Vice President. Mar-
tin Van Buren, New York, was also a Demo-
cratic candidate for Vice President, and was
elected, though Pennsylvania cast her vote for
Wilkins. Henry Clay ran as an Anti-Jackson



Democratic candidate for President, with John
Sergeant, Pennsylvania, for Vice President.
The Anti-Masons supported William Wirt,
Maryland, for President, and Amos Ellmaker,
Pennsylvania, for Vice President. Wilson

I Smith was the Jackson candidate for Elector in
this district ; David Dick, Crawford, the Clay

■ candidate ; and Robert Falconer, Warren, the
Anti-Masonic. The Jackson and Clay men
went by the designatioa of Democratic-Re-

[ publicans; the supporters of Wirt by that of

I Republican Anti-Masons. The vote of the
county was as follows :



WIRT. J.A.CKSON.

284 163

04 16

89 12



Erie and Mill Creek

McKean

Fairview

Springfield 82 69

Conneaut 118 74

Waterford 92 65

Harbor Creek 80 76

North East 110 42

Greenfield 37 52

Union 138 1

Venango 72 42

Conneauttee (Washing-ton) 36 26

Concord ' 16 33

Beaver Dam 64 31

Elk Creek 33 32

Araity 30 39

Wayne 23 17

LeBoeuf 37 61

Girard 109 88



Total



,494



1,049



-Republii



themselves Pemocrati



Only three ballots were cast for Clay, all
in North East township.

In the State the result was as follows :
George Wolf, Democrat, 91,235; Joseph
Ritner, Anti-Mason, 88,180 ; Wolf's majority,
3,049. The vote for President was: Jackson,
90,983; Wirt, (i(i,71(); majority for "j^ickson.
24,267.

Mr. Clay's vote was too light to be con-
sidered worthy of record by (he papers of the
day.

The candidates for district and county
offices were as follows :

Anti-Masonic — Congress, Thomas H. Sill,
of Erie; Assembly, John H. Walker, Erie;
Commissioner, John McCord, North East ;
Auditor, Samuel Low, Venango township.

Democratic — Congress, John Galbraith,
Venango county ; Assembly, Rufus Seth
Reed, Erie; Commissioner, Thomas Mellen,
North East; Auditor, John Phillips, Ve-
nango.

All of the Anti-Masonic candidates were



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elected except Mr. Sill. John Galbraith was
defeated by 833 votes in Erie county, but re-
ceived a majority of 778 in the district.

1833 — Anti-Masonic Candidates — State
Senate, Charles M. Reed, Erie county ; As-
sembly, John H. Walker, Erie; Commis-
sioner, James Love, Mill Creek: Coroner,
David McNair, of Mill Creek ; Auditor, Mark
Baldwin, Greenfield.

Democratic Candidates — State Senate,
Thomas S. Cunningham, Mercer county ;
Assembly, Dr. Tabor Beebe, Erie; Commis-
sioner, John Gingrich, Mill Creek; Coroner,
Wareham Taggart, Springfield; Auditor,
John Saulsbur)', Conneaut.

All of the Anti-Masonic candidates were
elected except Reed, who received a majoritj'
in the county, but was defeated in the district.

1834 — Anti-Masonic Candidates — Con-
gress, Thomas H. Sill, Erie county; As-
sembly, John H. Walker, Erie; Sheriff,
Thomas Mehaffey, Erie ; Commissioner,
Stephen Skinner, McKean ; Auditor, Russell
StanclifF, Washington.

Democratic — Congress, John Galbraith,
Venango county ; Assembly, James M.
Moorhead, Harbor Creek; Sherifl^, Albert
Thayer, Erie; Commissioner, Daniel Gillespie,
Erie; Auditor, John R. Rouse, Venango.

Independent Candidate for Sheriff' —
Chauncey Rogers, Girard.

The Anti-Masonic candidates were elected
with the exception of Mr. Sill, who received
353 majority in the county, but was defeated
by 1,622 in the district.

A DEMOCRATIC SPLIT IN THE STATE.

1835 — The Democratic party of Pennsyl-
vania was divided this year over a candidate
for Governor, one portion supporting George
Wolf, and another Henry A. Muhlenberg,
Berks. The Anti-Masons again chose Joseph
Ritncr as a candidate.

The vote of Erie county was : For Ritner,
1,743; Wolf, 164; Muhlenburg, 1,281. In
the State the vote was as follows: Joseph
Ritner, Anti-Masonic, 94,023 ; George" Wolf,
Democrat, 65,804; Henry A. Muhlenberg,
Democrat, 40,586.

Anti Masonic County Ticket — Assembly,
John H. Walker, Erie: Commissioner, James
Miles, Girard; Auditor, William Benson,
Waterford.

Democratic County Ticket — Assemblv. P.



S. V. Hamot, Erie; Commissioner, John
Gingrich, Mill Creek; Auditor, David Webber,
Concord.

All of the Anti-Masonic candidates were
elected by an average majority of 400.

A proposition to hold a convention for re-
vising the State Constitution was carried by
10,404 majorit)'. Erie county cast 3,023 votes
for the convention and twentj'-one against it.

VAN BUREN ELECTED PRESIDENT.

1836 — The Democratic candidate for Con-
gress was Arnold Plumer, Venango county ;
the Anti-Masonic was David Dick. Crawford
county. The vote of the countv was : For
Dick, 1,773; for Plumer, 1,214.' In the dis-
trict Dick had 3,628, Plumer, 4,828, the lat-
ter being elected.

The county tickets, with the vote for each
candidate, were as follows :

Anti-Masonic — Assembly, Thomas R. Mil-
ler, Springfield, 1,948; Elijah Babbitt, Erie,
1,716 ; Commissioner, Samuel Low, Harbor
Creek, 1,719; Coroner. Samuel W. Keefer,
Erie, 1,696; Auditor, William H. Crawford.
North East, 1,689.

Democratic — Assembly, James C. Mar-
shall, Girard, 1,281; Frederick W. Miller,
Waterford, 1,032 ; Commissioner, William
Doty, Springfield, 1,244; Coroner, Anthony
Saltsman, Mill Creek, 1,158; Auditor, James
Wilson, Greenfield, 1,176.

The presidential election was held October
31. The Anti-Masonic candidates were : For
President, Gen. William H. Harrison, Ohio;
for Vice-President, Francis Granger, New
York. The elector for this district was James
Cochran, Crawford county. The Democratic
candidates were : For President, Martin Van
Buren, New York; for Vice-President, Rich-
ard M. Johnson, Kentucky. The elector was
John P. Davis, Crawford county. Below is
the vote :

HARRI- VAN
SON. BUREN.

Erie 217 113

McKean 147 20

Fairview 125 18

Springfield 182 67

Conneaut 86 91

Waterford 122 92

Harbor Creek 154 75

North East 137 197

Greenfield 48 37

Union 59 25

Venango 86 44



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Washington 133 58

Beaver Dam 81 37

Elk Creek 79 82

Concord 15 47

Amity 26 43

Wayne 42 22

LeBoeuf 35 55

Girard 155 94

Mill Creek 205 95

Total 2,134 1,312

The vote of the State was for Van Biiren,

91,475; Harrison, 87,111.

Van Buren and Johnson were elected by a

large inajorit)' of the electoral votes of the

Union.

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.

An election for Delegates to the conven-
tion for revising the Constitution was held
on the same day. The candidates, with their
votes, were as follows ;

Senatorial Delegate — Anti-Masonic, Daniel
Sager, Crawford county, 2,064 in Erie county,
and 3,249 in the district. Democratic, Henry
Colt, Waterford, 1,330 in Erie county, 3,016
in the district.

Representative Delegates — Anti-Masonic ,
Thomas H. Sill, Erie, 2,079; James Pollock,
LeBffiuf, 2,063. Democratic. Wilson Smith,
Waterford, 1,314; Henry L. Harvev, Erie,
1,315.

The convention met at Harrisburg in May
or June, 1837, and adjourned to Philadelphia
in the winter, finally adjourning in 1838, after
adopting various amendments to the Constitu-
tion, which are referred to hereafter.

1837 — The candidates for State Senator
(Erie and Crawford constituting the district)
were : Anti-Masonic, Joseph M. Sterrett,
Erie ; Democratic, Edward A. Reynolds,
Crawford. The vote for Sterrett, in Erie
county, was 1,840; for Reynolds, 1,065.
Sterrett was elected by about 400 majority in
the district, Crawford being at that time
Democratic.

The county tickets, with the vote, were as
follows :

Anti-Masonic — Assembly, Charles M.
Reed, Erie, 2,087; David Sawdy, Conneaut,
1,773; Sheriff, Andrew Scott, Erie, 1,715;
Commissioner, Thomas Sterrett, McKean,
1.757; Auditor, Thomas Nicholson, Mill Creek,
1,876.

Democratic — Assembly, Martin Strong,
sr., Beaver Dam, 962; David H. Chapman,



Fairview, 680; Sheriff, Albert Thayer, Mill
Creek, 1,204; Commissioner, Eli Webster,
Beaver Dam, 944.

THE "buckshot" WAR.

1838 — The Anti-Masons again nominated
Joseph Ritner for Governor ; the Democrats
placed in nomination David R. Porter, of
Huntingdon county. The vote of the county
was : For Ritner, 2,747 ; for Porter, 1,565 —
Ritner's majority, 1,182. In the State the
result was as follows : David R. Porter,
Democrat, 127,821 ; Joseph Ritner, Anti-
Mason, 122,325.

The organization of the Legislature, in
December following this election, caused the
troubles which have been named in derision
the " Buckshot war." Their history may be
brieily given as follows: When the Return
Judges of Philadelphia county met in conven-
tion, a motion was made to throw out the
votes of the Northern Liberties, on account of
alleged frauds. By accepting the votes, the
Anti-Masonic candidates for Congress, State
Senator and Assembly were elected ; their re-
jection gave the seats to the Democratic can-
didates. The Democrats had a majority of the
Judges, and the returns were not accepted.
The Anti-Masonic Judges bolted and made
out other returns, including the vote of the
Northern Liberties, which were sent to
Thomas H. Burro wes, Anti-Masonic Secretary
of State, at Harrisburg. When the Legisla-
ture assembled, each set of candidates appeared
for admission, and in the House the two parties
were so nearly balanced that the acceptance
or rejection of the Philadelphians involved the
control of the body. Meantime, much excite-
ment prevailed throughout the State, and se-
rious disturbances were threatened. On the
day of meeting, Harrisburg was full of angry
men, but if we can rely on the Anti-Masonic
papers of the time, the Democrats were largely
in the ascendent. The vote for Speaker was
taken, when the Democrats supported Will-
iam Hopkins, and the Anti-Masons Thomas
S. Cunningham, each party having separate
tellers. Both claimed to be elected, and for
some time occupied seats on the platform, side
by side. Under such circumstances no busi-
ness could be transacted, and affairs were
brought to a dead-lock. The Senate, which
contained a majority of Anti-Masons, recog-
nized the Cunningham House. Excitement



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increased throughout the State, and the Demo-
crats, resolved not to be defeated in their pro-
gramme, threatened to maintain Mr. Hopkins'
right to the Speakership by force. The Gov-
ernor called out the militia of the adjoining
counties, but when they reached Harrisburgit
was found that the Democrats were in the
majority among the troops, so that the Anti-
Masons could not depend upon their support.
He then wrote to President Van Buren for aid,
who plumply refused.* After an agitation of
several weeks, four Anti-Masonic Senators re-
ceded from their original position, voted to
recognize the Hopkins House, and terminated
the trouble. The Anti -Masons throughout
the State were fierce in their denunciations of
the recreant Senators, but soon subsided into
acquiescence, and thus ended one of the most
memorable, as it was also one of the most dis-
graceful, incidents in Pennsylvania history.
Amid all the excitement no blood was spilled.
From this date, the -Vnti-Masonic party of
Pennsylvania rapidly declined, and in a few
years sunk out of existence.

The Anti-Masons again nominated David
Dick for Congress. John Galbraith, who had
removed to Erie county, was the Democratic
candidate. In the county, Dick received 2,614
votes, and Galbraith, 1,610. Dick's vote in
the district was 5,918; Galbraith's 6,198. The
district comprised Erie, Crawford, Venango
and Warren counties, the three latter giving
Democratic majorities.

The county tickets, with the vote for each
candidate, were as follows :

Anti-Masonic — Assembly, Samuel Hutch-
ins, Waterford, 2,581 ; William M. Watts,
Erie, 2,368; Commissioner, William E. Mc-
Nair, Mill Creek, 2,591; Auditor, Alexander
W. Brewster, Erie, 2,601.

Democratic — Assembly, Ebenezer D. Gun-
nison, Erie, 1,646; Myron Hutchinson,
Girard, 1,580; Commissioner. J. P. Grant,
Wayne, 1,522; Auditor, Samuel T. Axtell,
Union, 1,524.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT,S ADOPTKD

PROTHONOTAUV AND REGISTER AXP RE-
CORDER FIRST ELECTED.

A vote was taken on the adoption of the
proposed amendments to the Constitution,

*The United States Storekeeper at Frankfort turned over a
liberal supply of ammunition to the State authorities, much of
which consisted of buckshot cartridges. Hence the name of
•' Buckshot war;"



with the following result in the State : For
the amendments, 113,981; against, 112,759.
Erie county gave a majority of 1,721 against
the amendments.

Previous to this, negroes had voted in the
State. The revised Constitution excluded them
from suffrage. In the convention the delegates
from Erie county were divided, Mr. Sill vo-
ting for negro suflfrage, and Mr. Pollock
against. The Anti-Masons had a slight ma-
jority in the body.

The revised Constitution provided for the
election of Prothonotary and Register and Re-
corder, instead of their appointment by the
Governor as before. The same instrument
also changed the manner of selecting Justices
of the Peace from appointment by the Gov-
ernor to election bj- the people. The choice
of the latter officers was not made until the
spring election in 1840, the old incumbents re-
taining their position until the first Monday
of May in that year.

1839 — The county tickets, with the vote
for each candidate, were as follows :

Anti-Masonic^As.sembly, Samuel Hutch-
ins, Waterford, 1,927; WiUiam M. Watts,
Erie, 1,713; Prothonotary, William Kelly,
Erie, 1,791 ; Register and Recorder, Thomas
Moorhead, Erie, 1,997: Commissioner for three
years, Lyman Robinson, Wattsburg, 1,845 ;
Commissioner for one year (to supply the va-
cancy occasioned by the death of Thomas
Sterrett), Samuel Low, Harbor Creek, 1,886;
Coroner, John K. Caldwell, Mill Creek, 1,817;
Auditor, Gideon J. Ball, Erie, 1,791.

Democratic — Assembly, William Town-
send, Springfield, 1,522; Prothonotary, James
C. Marshall, Girard, 1,155; Register and Re-
corder, E. D. Gunnison, 1,396; Commissioner,
three years, James Duncan, North East, 1,420 ;
Commissioner, one year, Horace Powers,
Washington, 1,374; Coroner, P. P. Glazier,
Erie, 1,391; Auditor, Martin Strong, Beaver
Dam, 1,403.

Dr. William Johns, Erie, who had pre-
viously sought the Anti-Masonic nomination
for the office, announced himself as an inde-
pendent candidate for Assembly, and was sup-
ported by a portion of the Democrats. He
received 1,137 votes in the county.

A proposition to build a county poor house
was submitted to the people, and defeated hy
a majority of 154 votes.




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AND HISTORICAL EEFEliENCE BOOK OF ERIE COUNTY.



ORGAXIZATION OF THE WHIG PARTY IIARUI-

SON AND TYLER ELECTED.

1840 — Before this year, each township took
care of its own poor. A proposition to build
a county poor house met with much opposi-
tion, but, on being submitted to a vote of the
people at the spring elections, was carried by
a vote of 1,599 in favor to 1,515 against. At
this election. Justices of the Peace were chosen
by popular vote for the first time, their se-
lection having been pre\iously \ested in the
Governor.

The Anti-Masonic party had by this time
given up the ghost, and the Whig party was
organized upon its remains. The Whig can-
didate for Congress was William A. Irvine,
of Warren county; the Democratic, Arnold
Plumer, of Venango. Below is the vote in
the district :

IRVINE. PLUMER.

Erie 3,301 2,005

Crawford 2,175 2,640

Venango 679 1.0O7

Warren 835 925

Clarion 610 1,329

Total 7,600 7,906

The county tickets, with the vote for each
candidate, were as follows :

Whig — Assemblv, Stephen .Skinner, Mc-
Kean, 8,289; Jame.s D. Dunlap, Erie, 3,281 ;
Sheriff, E. W. M. Blaine, North East, H,29(3;
Commissioner, Russell Stanclifl', Wa^^liington,
8,284 ; Auditor, James Miles, Girard township.
8,247.

Democratic — Assemblv, William Town-
.send, Springfield, 2,038; Anthonv Saltsman,
Mill Creek, 2,080; Sheriff", Benjamin F. Mor-
ris, Greene, 2,012; Commissioner, James
Duncan, North East, 2,004; Auditor, G.J.
Stranahan, Concord, 2,002.

At this election. Directors of the Poor
were chosen for the first time, each township
having before elected its own Overseers. The
candidates on the Whig ticket were Thomas
R. Miller, Springfield; James Benson, Water-
ford township; and George W. Walker, Har-
bor Creek, all of whom were elected. The
Democratic candidates were William W.
Warner, Fairview ; Sherburn Smith, Erie;
and William Wyatt, Harbor Creek.

At the general election following, the
Whig candidates were : For President, Gen.
William H. Harrison, of Ohio ; for \'ice Pres-



ident, John Tyler, of ^'irginia. John Dick,
of Crawford count)-, was the Whig elector for
this district. The Democrats again supported
\'an Buren and Johnson. Stephen Barlow,
of Crawford county, was the electoral candi-
date. The following is the vote of the county :

HARRISON. V.\N BUREN.

Erie, West ward 175 96

Erie, East " 203-378 83-179

McKean 208 71

Fairview 247 53

Spring-field 285 87

Conneaut 197 125

Waterford township 172 67

Harbor Creek 227 106

North East township 158 - 174

Greenfield 91 55

Union 81 36

Venango and Wattsburg. . 122 69

Washington and Edinboro. 244 71

Greene 112 66

Elk Creek 163 137

Concord 38 81

Amity 46 61

Wayne 85 51

LeBueuf 71 93

Girard 301 229

Mill Creek 319 182

North East borough 43 .^8

Waterford borough 46 30

Total 3,636 2,061

In the State — Harrison. 144,021 ; Van
Buren, 143,672.

Harrison and Tyler were elected. The
former served only one month, when he died
in office, and was succeeded by John Tyler.

REGINXIXG OF THE ABOLITION P.VKTY.

1841 — The Whig candidate for Governor
was John Banks, of Berks county, formerly
of Mercer; the Democrats again supported
David R. Porter, of Huntingdon. The
county gave Banks 2,956 votes, and Porter
1,855. In the State the vote was : For Porter
186,504; Banks, 118,478.

The Abolitionists held their first conven-
tion in Pennsylvania this year, and nominated
Dr. Francis J. LeMoyne, of Washington
county, for Governor, who received 736 votes
in all. Of these, forty were cast in Erie
county.

The Democrats made no nomination for
the State Senate, and supported John W.
Farrelly, of Crawford, who ran as an inde-
pendent Whig candidate. John Dick, of
Crawford, was the regular Whig candidate.
The vote of the district was as follows :



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DICK. FARRELLY.

Erie 2,663 1,9SS

Crawford 1,887 2,774

Total 4,550 4,729

The countv tickets, with the votes, were as
follows :

Whig — Assembly, Janies D. Duiilap, Erie,
2,683; Stephen C. Lee, Greene, 2,640; Com-
missioner, David Sawdej', Conneaut, 2,489 ;
Treasurer, James Williams, Erie, 2,589; Audi-
tor, Moses Barnett, Fairview, 2,571 ; Director
of the Poor, Conrad Brown, of Mill Creek (no
opposition).

The Democrats made no nominations, but
supported Independent candidates, as follows :

Assembly, Robert S. Hunter, Erie, 1,696;
William Miner, Harbor Creek, 1,667 ; Commis-
sioner, Ira Parker, Mill Creek, 1,465; Treas-
urer, John Hughes, Erie, 1,866; Auditor,
Joseph Y. Moorhead, Harbor Creek, 1,327.

COUNTY TREASURER FIRST ELECTED.

Mr. Williams was the first County Treas-
urer chosen by popular vote.

18-1:2 — The Whig county ticket, with the
vote for each candidate, was as follows:
Assembly, Stephen Skinner, McKean, 1,880;
Lyman Robinson, Wattsburg, 1,864; Prothon-
otary, Wilson King, Erie, 1,928; Register,
Thomas Moorhead, Jr., Erie, 2,430; Commis-
sioner, Joseph Henderson, Mill Creek, 2,075;
Coroner, Hezekiah Bates, Erie, 1,971; Auditor,
Benjamin Gimnison, Greene, 2,027 ; Director
of the Poor, John Evans, sr., Mill Creek,
1,982.

The Democrats made no regular nomina-
tions, but supported Independent candidates
for the various offices. The Abolitionists had
a regular ticket in the field for every office ex-
cept Director of the Poor. Below is a list of
all the candidates, with their votes :

Assembly, Dr. William Johns, Erie (Inde-
pendent Whig) , 989; Sylvester W. Randall
(Democrat), Erie, 1,358; Jo.seph Neely,
(Working Men's), Harbor Creek, 117; David
H. Chapman (Abolitionist), Fairview, 216;
James M. Moorhead (Abolitionist), Harbor
Creek, 288; Prothonotary, James C. Marshall
(Democrat), Girard, 1,627; George Kellogg
(Abolitionist), Erie, 179 ; Register, William
Gray (Abolitionist), Wayne, 134; Commis-
sioner, Matthew Greer (Democrat), North
East, 781 ; William Himrod (Abolitionist),



Erie, 166; Coroner, Alex Mehaffey (Abolition-
ist), Erie, 301; Auditor, William Vincent
(Abolitionist), Waterford, 162; Director of
the Poor, John Gingrich (Democrat), Mill
Creek, 717.

CANAL CCniMISSIOXERS FIRST ELECTED.

1843 — The first Canal Commissioners
elected by popular vote were chosen this year.
The Whig candidates were William Tweed,
Benjamin Weaver, and Simeon Gulliford ; the
Democratic, James Clark, Jesse Miller and
William B. Foster, Jr. The average Whig
majority in the county was about 1,150. The
Democrats carried the State by an average
majority of 14,500. Hugh Mehaffey, Hugh
D. King and James Moorhead ran as Inde-
pendent Anti-Masons, and received about 270
votes in the State.

The Whig candidate for Congress was
Charles M. Reed, of Erie; the Democratic,
Dr. Galbraith A. Irvine, of Warren. The
vote of the district was as follows :

REED. IRVINE.

Erie 2,867 1,560

Warren 620 860

McKean 259 342

Potter 135 405

Jefferson 449 536

Clarion 743 1,330

Total 5,073 5,033

The apportionment bill of 1842 made a
Senatorial district of Erie county. Elijah
Babbitt was the Whig candidate, and James
C. Marshall the Democratic. The vote was
for Babbitt 2,646, for Marshall 1,554. Galen
I Foster, Abolition candidate, received seventy-
j three votes.

The following was the vote for other
candidates :

Whig — Assembly, James D. Dunlap, Erie,
2,586; David A. Gould, Springfield, 2,573;
Sheriff, William E. McNair, Mill Creek,
2,465; Commissioner, Robert Gray, Union,
2,648; Treasurer, Gideon J. Ball, Erie, 2,595;
Auditor, William M. Arbuckle, Erie, 2,574;
Director of the Poor, James Anderson, Water-
ford township, 2,544.

Democratic — Assembly, Martin Strong,
j Greene, 1,657; George H. Cutler, Elk Creek.
! 1,639; Sheriff, James Lytle, Erie, 1,729;
j Commissioner, G. J. Stranahan, Concord.
! 1,504; Treasurer, Stephen C. Walker, Erie.
1,481; Auditor, EH Webster, Greene, 1,561 ;



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Director of the Poor, Joseph E. Lee, North
East, 1,512.

Abolition — Assembly, Wm. Gray, Wayne,
seventy-nine; James M. Moorhead, Harbor
Creek, eighty-seven; Sheriff, Alex. McCIellan,
Mill Creek, eighty-six; Commissioner, John
B. Fluke, Erie, seventy-three; Treasurer,
Clinton George, Erie, eighty-five; Auditor,
Ambrose Shelly, Harbor Creek, ninety; Di-
rector of the Poor, Samuel Brecht, Fairview,
ninety-six.

THE CLAY AND POLK CAMPAIGN GENERAL

REED DEFEATED AND JUDGE THOMPSON
ELECTED.

184-4 — For Governor, the Democrats nom-
inated Francis R. Shunk, Allegheny county;
the Whigs, Gen. Joseph Markle, Westmore-
land ; the Abolitionists, F. J. LeMoyne,
Washington. Erie county gave Markle 3,501
votes, Shunk, 2,207, and LeMoyne, sixty-nine.

The vote of the State was as follows :



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