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1859 Republican Convention


Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall (email)
Date: 1/9/2004 at 17:14:31

Clayton County Republicans.
The Republican County Convention of Clayton County, met yesterday at Garnavillo. The Convention was fully attended, and perfectly harmonious in its doings. The following ticket was nominated:
Senator, Gilbert Douglas, Esq., of Clayton City, a relative of S.A. Douglas, but a much better citizen; Representatives, D.C. Baker, of Sperry, and Mr. Merrill, of McGregor; County Judge, John Garber; Recorder, Jacob Nicklaus; Sheriff, William Scott; County Superintendent, J.W. Van Ornam; Surveyor, R.S. McClelland.
The ticket is composed of the best men of Clayton County, and is sure of success. The vile slander that Clayton County will at this election rank herself with the Democrats, will be refuted at the polls. Hon. James Harlan addressed the Convention and citizens assembled, at the close of the proceedings, in a speech of some two and a half hours length. The speech was a master piece of argumenta dn wit. Much anxiety had been expressed by the Democracy lest the Senator should talk about "National extravagance" and skip our "State expenditures." They had their uneasiness for naught. The Senator did talk about National extravagence, and did not skip State expenditures, to the manifest distress of the Democracy. They at first felt bad lest he shouldn't, and felt "worse" because he did. Owing to the late hour to which the Convention held, Mr. Harlan was unable to fulfil his appointment at Guttenberg in the evening, to the great relief of the Democracy. -- Dubuque Times

-source: Hawk-Eye
Burlington, Des Moines co., Iowa
September 10, 1859

Iowa Old Press

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