Erie County, Pennsylvania

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania 1884

by Samuel P. Bates, 

Submitted by Gaylene Kerr Banister


Chapter XXI - Political History -- Annual Record

 
1788-1829     1830-1839     1840-1849     1850-1859     1860-1869     1870-1879     1880-1883     List of Public Officers
 
1870
The Republican candidate for President Judge was Lansing D. Wetmore, Warren, and the Democratic, Rasselas Brown, same county. S. E. Woodruff, Erie, was an Independent Republican candidate. The vote of the district was as follows:

 
Woodruff
 
Wetmore
 
Brown
Erie  
1,591
 
4,102
 
3,926
Warren  
167
 
2,121
 
1,548
Elk  
7
 
324
 
798
 
--------
 
--------
 
--------
     Total  
1,765
 
6,548
 
6,252


The candidates for Congress were Glenni W. Scofield, Republican, Warren, and Selden Marvin, Democrat, Erie. Below was the vote of the district:

 
Scofield
 
Marvin
Erie  
5,595
 
4,089
Warren  
2,250
 
1,657
Clearfield  
1,371
 
2,608
Elk  
342
 
787
Forest  
366
 
276
Cameron  
437
 
390
McKean  
882
 
700
Jefferson  
1,812
 
1,914
 
 
     Total  
13,055
 
12,451


For the State Senate, George B. Delamater, of Crawford County, was the Republican, and J. Ross Thompson, of Erie County, the Democratic candidate. The vote of the district was as follows:

   
Delamater
 
Thompson
Erie  
5,691
 
3,921
Crawford  
5,109
 
4,602
   
---------
 
--------
     Total  
10,800
 
8,523


County Candidates
-- Republican -- Assembly, George W. Starr, Erie, 5,940; I. Newton Miller, Springfield, 5,887; Sheriff, Gen. Thomas M. Walker, Erie, 5,600; Treasurer, Logan J. Dyke, Erie, 5,929; clerk of the Courts, Capt. C. L. Pierce, Venango, 6,019; Commissioner, Myron H. Silverthorn, Fairview Township, 5,869; Jury Commissioner, William W. Love, West Mill Creek, 5,954; Directors of the Poor, Stephen A. Beavis, Corry, 5,891; W. W. Eaton, Fairview Borough, 5,894; L. W. Olds, Erie, 5,886; Auditor, Jesse Ebersole, Harbor Creek, 5,921.

Democratic -- Assembly, Eli Duncombe, Amity, 3,750; Spencer H. Ellis, Washington, 3,797; Sheriff, Wilson Moore, Waterford Township, 3,462; Treasurer, Amos Heath, Corry, 3,765; Clerk of the Courts, A. J. Proudfit, Edinboro, 3,765; Commissioner, John Burton, East Mill Creek, 3,770; Jury Commissioner, H. L. Pinney, Greene, 3,742; Directors of the Poor, Henry Wolf, North East Township, 3,722; Jacob Bootz, Erie, 3,709; Josiah Shreve, Union Township, 3,722; Auditor, S. C. Sturgeon, Fairview Borough, 3,747.

Independent Democrat -- Sheriff, Levi Jackson, Girard Borough, 362.

The election of three Directors of the Poor was due to the following circumstances: For some time, the back townships had urged the sale of the poor house farm and the purchase of a cheaper property. A bill to that effect passed the Legislature, and a sale was made, which the court refused to confirm. The question was taken to the Supreme Court, which decided the act unconstitutional. The Legislature thereupon repealed the act, and another one was adopted, requiring the election of a new board, who should serve one, two and three years respectively.

1871
Auditor General-- David B. Stanton, Beaver County, Republican, 284,097; Gen. William McCandless, Philadelphia, Democrat, 269,522; Barr Spangler, Lancaster County, Prohibition, 3,132.

Surveyor General-- Col. Robert B. Beath, Schuylkill County, Republican, 287,045; Maj. James H. Cooper, Lawrence County, Democrat, 266,335; Edward A. Wheeler, Mercer County, Prohibition, 2,969.

Erie County cast 4,282 votes for Stanton, 2,966 for McCandless, 62 for Spangler, 4,285 for Beath, 2,964 for Cooper, and 62 for Wheeler.

County Candidates-- Republican -- Associate Judges, William Benson, Waterford Borough, 4,495; Allen A. Craig, Erie, 3,820; Assembly, George W. Starr, Erie, 3,957; Col. Chauncey P. Rogers, Edinboro, 4,343; Commissioner, Clark Bliss, North East Township, 4,371; Director of the Poor, Michael Henry, Erie, 4,018; Auditor, Col. C. W. Lytle, Erie, 4,285.

Democratic -- Associate Judge, Isaac R. Taylor, Edinboro, 3,467; Assembly, Charles Horton, North East Borough, 3,406; commissioner, R. H. Palmer, Corry, 2,982; Director of the Poor, Amos Heath, Corry, 3,039; Auditor, W. J. Brockway, Conneaut, 3,007.

A vote was taken this year to decide whether a Constitutional Convention should be held. Erie County cast 6,490 for a Convention, and 204 against. The vote of the State was 352,439 in favor of and 72,081 in opposition to the Convention.

1872
Governor-- Gen. John F. Hartranft, of Montgomery County, Republican, 353.387; Charles R. Buckalew, Columbia County, Democrat, 317,760; Simeon B. Chase, Susquehanna County, Prohibition, 1,252.

Auditor General-- Gen. Harrison Allen, Warren County, Republican, 352,767; William Hartley, Bedford County, Democrat, 315,851; Barr Spangler, Lancaster County, Prohibition, 1,260.

Congressmen at Large-- Lemuel Todd, Cumberland County, Republican, 357,743; G. W. Scofield, Warren County, Republican, 359,043; Charles Albright, Carbon County, Republican, 360,546; Richard Vaux, Philadelphia, Democrat, 311,036; Hendrick B. Wright, Luzerne County, Democrat, 314,014; James H. Hopkins, Allegheny County, Democrat, 313,334.

George F. McFarland, Dauphin County, Andrew J. Clark, Luzerne, and B. Rush Bradford, Beaver, the Prohibition candidates, received an average of 1,250 votes.

Supreme Judges-- Ulysses Mercer, Bradford County, Republican, 354,319; James Thompson, Philadelphia, Democrat, 313,876; Joseph Henderson, Washington, Prohibition, 977.

Erie County gave an average vote of 7,500 for the Republican, and 5,200 for the Democratic State ticket.

By the act of the Assembly providing for a Constitutional Convention, fourteen delegates at large were allotted to each of the two leading parties, and three delegates to each Senatorial district, in the latter case no voter being entitled to vote for more than two, so as to secure minority representation. John H. Walker, of Erie, was one of the Republican delegates at large. The Senatorial delegates elected were C. O. Bowman, of Corry, and Thomas Struthers, of Warren, Republicans, and Rasselas Brown, of Warren, Democrat. John Miller, Sr., of Erie, was one of the Prohibition nominees for district delegates.

An amendment to the Constitution was adopted this year, making the offices of State Treasurer elective. Erie County gave 11,509 votes for the amendment and only 2 against it.

The Republican candidate for Congress was Gen. Carlton B. Curtis, of Erie County. Gen. Thomas L. Kane, of McKean County, was supported by the Liberal Republicans and Democrats. The vote of the district was as follows:

   
Curtis
 
Kane
Erie  
7,506
 
5,111
Warren  
3,221
 
2,332
McKean  
956
 
1,000
Jefferson  
2,375
 
2,318
Clearfield  
2,052
 
3,506
Elk  
626
 
1,181
Cameron  
590
 
531
Forest  
416
 
356
   
---------
 
---------
     Total  
17,742
 
16,235


David Wilson, of Union, Prohibition candidate, received 14 votes in Erie County and none outside.

The candidates for the State Senate were George H. Cutler, of Girard, Republican, and J. F. Downing, of Erie, Liberal. The following was the vote of the district:

   
Cutler
 
Downing
Erie  
7,507
 
5,139
Warren  
3,256
 
2,298
   
---------
 
--------
     Total  
10,363
 
7,427


Jehiel Towner, of Erie City, Prohibition candidate for State Senate, received 10 votes in this county and none in Warren.

County Candidates-- Republican -- Assembly, W. W. Brown, Corry, 7,446; Emmett H. Wilcox, Washington, 7,413; District Attorney, S. M. Brainerd, North East, 7,435; Prothonotary, Capt. E. L. Whittlesey, Waterford, 7,564 (no opposition); Register and Recorder, Daniel Long, Fairview, 7,558; Treasurer, Jacob Yeagla, Fairview, 7,300; Commissioner, William T. Brown, Corry, 7,539; Auditor, D. W. Titus, Venango, 7,555; Surveyor, George Platt, Girard, 7,555 (no opposition); coroner, M. S. Vincent, Erie, 7,237.

Democratic and Liberal-- Assembly, Thomas McClure, Girard Borough, Liberal, 5,124; S. B. Brooks, Corry, Liberal, 5,113; District Attorney, George P. Griffith, Erie, Democrat, 5,217; Register and Recorder, Harry Ellen, Democrat, North East Borough, 5,116, Treasurer, Eugene Metz, Democrat, Erie, 5,192; commissioner, Isaac R. Taylor, Democrat, Edinboro, 5,141; Auditor, W. J. Brockway, Democrat, 5,127.

Prohibition-- Assembly, James Lytle, Erie, 17; David Carroll, Union, 21; Prothonotary, John Miller, Erie, 16; Treasurer, Dr. C. N. Moore, Springfield, 16; commissioner, Myron H. Cole, Elk Creek, 16.

Independent Republican-- Coroner, Thomas Dillon, Erie, 5,350.

The authorities at Harrisburg decided that this was not the proper year to elect a Surveyor, and refused Mr. Platt a commission. He was then appointed by the court until the next election.

Presidential Vote-- The Republicans nominated Ulysses S. Grant, of Illinois, for President, and Henry Wilson, of Massachusetts, for Vice President. The dissatisfied element of the party called another convention, adopted the title of Liberal Republicans, and nominated Horace Greeley, of New York, for President, and B. Gratz Brown, of Missouri, for Vice President. This ticket was subsequently adopted by the Democrats. The Prohibition ticket was James Black, of Pennsylvania, for President, and Rev. John Russell, of Michigan, for Vice-President.

Selden Marvin, of Erie, was one of the Democratic nominees for Elector at Large, and George W. Arbuckle, of Girard, one of the Prohibition nominees. The district candidates for Elector were: Charles C. Boyd, Waterford, Republican; William A. Galbraith, Erie, Democrat; John J. Taylor, Clearfield, Prohibition.

The vote of the State was as follows: Grant, 349,689; Greeley, 211,961; Black, 4,630.

Grant and Wilson were elected. Below is the vote of the county:

   
Grant
 
Greeley
 
Black
Erie, First Ward  
291
 
288
 
8
Erie, Second Ward  
368
 
296
 
2
Erie, Third Ward  
421
 
124
 
1
Erie, Fourth Ward  
440
 
216
 
2
Erie, Fifth Ward  
105
 
99
 
--
Erie, Sixth Ward  
120
 
70
 
13
   
--------
 
--------
 
-----
     Total  
1,745
 
1,093
 
25
East Mill Creek  
93
 
63
 
--
West Mill Creek  
160
 
61
 
--
Harbor Creek  
208
 
53
 
--
North East Township  
215
 
116
 
--
North East Borough  
183
 
51
 
--
Greenfield  
133
 
16
 
--
Venango  
196
 
58
 
1
Wattsburg  
44
 
27
 
1
Amity  
74
 
70
 
--
Wayne  
211
 
80
 
--
Concord  
182
 
83
 
--
Corry, First Ward  
313
 
198
 
--
Corry, Second Ward  
281
 
211
 
--
Union Township  
167
 
75
 
12
Union Borough  
239
 
195
 
4
LeBoeuf  
159
 
99
 
2
Mill Village  
50
 
26
 
1
Waterford Township  
291
 
98
 
--
Waterford Borough  
147
 
54
 
2
Greene  
111
 
120
 
--
Summit  
86
 
94
 
1
McKean  
218
 
20
 
--
Middleboro  
29
 
5
 
--
Washington  
285
 
116
 
--
Edinboro  
74
 
53
 
--
Franklin  
152
 
43
 
--
Elk Creek  
180
 
133
 
1
Conneaut  
232
 
57
 
2
Albion  
50
 
29
 
13
Springfield  
352
 
60
 
5
Girard Township  
286
 
132
 
--
Girard Borough  
79
 
59
 
--
Lockport  
46
 
48
 
--
Fairview Township  
171
 
89
 
--
Fairview Borough  
61
 
34
 
--
   
--------
 
--------
 
-----
     Total  
7,504
 
3,587
 
58


A large portion of the Democrats were dissatisfied with Mr. Greeley's nomination, he having always been a bitter enemy of their party, and refused to vote at the November election. To show the falling off in the Anti-Republican vote, the following recapitulation is given:

   
October
November
Opposition vote in State  
317,760
211,961
Opposition vote in county  
5,200
3,587


1873
A law known as the Local Option Act was passed by the Legislature which submitted the question to a vote of the people on the 16th of March whether licenses for the sale of liquor should or should not be granted for the three years ensuing. Each city and county decided the matter for itself, apart from what the result might be in either. The vote of Erie was 2,017 for license and 696 against; of Corry, 556 for license and 319 against; and of the county, outside of those cities, 1,760 for license and 2,620 against. In accordance with this result, no licenses were granted in the county, with the exception of Erie and Corry, for about a year, when the Legislature repealed the act. The complete vote of the State, apart from the cities, was 165,427 for license and 164,505 against; of the cities along, 79,908 for license and 50,929 against.

The following was the vote for State officers at the October election: Supreme Judge, Isaac G. Gordon, Jefferson County, Republican, 240,335; James R. Ludlow, Philadelphia, Democrat, 225,941.

State Treasurer-- (First election by the people) Robert W. Mackey, Allegheny County, Republican, 242,823; Frank M. Hutchison, Allegheny County, Democratic, 219,471.

The vote of the county was 3,887 for Gordon, 2,709 for Ludlow, 3,652 for Mackey, and 2,899 for Hutchison.

County Candidates-- Republican -- Assembly, Henry Butterfield, Erie, 4,568; Emmett H. Wilcox, Edinboro, 4,077; Sheriff, John L. Hyner, Waterford Borough, 3,457; Clerk of the Courts, Capt. C. L. Pierce, 7,249 (on the Democratic ticket also); Commissioner, M. H. Silverthorn, Fairview, 5,484 (Democrats made no nomination); Director of the Poor, James Dunn, McKean, 4,423; Auditor, W. W. Thomas, Erie, 4,374; Jury Commissioner, William Grant, McKean, 4,474.

Democratic and Liberal -- Assembly, Wilson Laird, Erie, 3,096; Isaac R. Taylor, Edinboro, 2,756; Sheriff, Wilson Moore, Waterford Township, 3,450; Director of the Poor, Mortimer Phelps, Edinboro, Liberal, 2,687; Auditor, Thomas McClure, Girard, Liberty, 2,682; Jury Commissioner, Robert Leslie, Wattsburg, 2,797.

Prohibition -- Assembly, David Wilson, Union Township, 138; Sheriff, A. L. Haskell, Amity, 134; Clerk of the Courts, John Miller, Jr., Erie, 144; Commissioner, Clark Rice, Union, 179; Director of the Poor, Hugh Cushing, 131; Auditor, Lyman G. Hall, North East, 168; Jury Commissioner, James Lytle, Erie, 155.

Independent Democrat -- Sheriff, Robert S. Hunter, Erie, 203; Levi Jackson, Girard, 80.

Independent Republican -- County Commissioner, M. Hartleb, Erie, 1,767.

The first returns for Sheriff gave Wilson Moore 4 majority, and he was declared elected. Just as the convention of Return Judges was about to adjourn, an error was reported in Middleboro which gave J. L. Hyner a majority of 7. He was given the commission, and served out the term.

Special Election-- A special election was held on the 16th of December, to decide upon the adoption or rejection of the new constitution. The vote of Erie County was 6,624 for the constitution, and 742 against; the vote of the State, 252,744 for, and 108,594 against.

1874
Supreme Judge-- Edward M. Paxson, Philadelphia, Republican, 270,230; W. J. Woodward, Berks County, Democrat, 277,454; James Black, Lancaster, Prohibition, 5,069

Lieutenant Governor-- A. H. Olmstead, Potter County, Republican, 272,516; John Latta, Westmoreland County, Democrat, 277,195; B. R. Bradford, Beaver, Prohibition, 4,647.

Auditor General-- Gen. Harrison Allen, Warren County, Republican, 272,571; J. F. Temple, Greene County, Democrat, 276,605; Calvin Parsons, Luzerne County, Prohibition, 4,767.

Secretary of Internal Affairs-- Col. R. B. Beath, Schuylkill County, Republican, 272,310; Gen. William McCandless, Philadelphia, Democrat, 276,935; W. P. Culbertson, Montgomery County, Prohibition, 4,604.

The average vote in the county was 5,000 for the Republican, 4,600 for the Democratic, and 30 for the Prohibition State ticket.

For Congress, the Republican candidate was Carlton B. Curtis, of Erie, and the Democratic, Albert G. Egbert, of Venango. The latter was elected by a majority of 11, as follows:

   
Curtis
 
Egbert
Erie  
4,999
 
4,873
Venango  
3,097
 
3,480
Warren  
2,278
 
2,032
   
---------
 
---------
     Total  
10,374
 
10,385


City Candidates
-- Assembly, Henry Butterfield, Republican, 1,125; William Henry, Democrat, 1,585; John H. Welsh, Independent Republican, 153.

County Candidates-- Republican -- Assembly, W. W. Brown, Corry, 3,637; Orlando Logan, Albion, 3,775, Dr. S. F. Chapin, Wattsburg, 3,851; Treasurer, Carl H. Walbridge, Erie, 4,692; Commissioner, Clark Bliss, North East Township, 5,221; Director of the Poor, Michael Henry, Erie, 5,254; Auditor, William E. Hayes, Greene, 5,324.

Democratic -- Assembly, F. Stanford, Corry, 3,371; Treasurer, N. T. Hume, Wattsburg, 5,161; Commissioner, John M. Kuhn, Erie, 4,693; Director of the Poor, Charles Sherman, Elk Creek, 4,643; Auditor, D. W. Howard, Wayne, 4,666.

Independent candidate for Assembly, Asa Battles, Girard, 1,943.

Prohibition -- Assembly, A. L. Haskell, Amity, 29; Treasurer, P. E. Norcross, Venango, 36; Director of the Poor, W. R. Wade, Union, 21; Auditor, James Chambers, Harbor Creek, 19.

This is known as the "Tidal Wave" year, the Democrats sweeping almost every State and gaining the House of Representatives at Washington by a large majority, the first time they had control of that body in many years. Besides electing State officers, they carried a majority of the Lower House at Harrisburg, which enabled them to send William A. Wallace to the United States Senate for six years from the 4th of March, 1875.

1875
The Democratic State Convention met in Erie this year, being the only State assemblage of either party ever held in our city. The vote on State candidates was as follows:

Governor-- Gen. John F. Hartranft, Montgomery County, Republican, 304,175; Cyrus L. Pershing, Cambria County, Democrat, 292,145; Rev. R. A. Brown, Lawrence County, Prohibition, 13,249.

State Treasurer-- Henry Rawle, Erie County, Republican, 302,875; Victor E. Piollet, Bradford County, Democrat, 293,150; E. L. Pennypacker, Chester County, Prohibition, 12,468.

The county gave 6,699 votes for Hartranft, 4,744 for Pershing, 120 for Brown, 6,809 for Rawle, 4,641 for Piollet, and 94 for Pennypacker.

County Candidates-- Republican -- State Senate, Henry Butterfield, Erie, 6,360; Prothonotary, Giles D. Price, Venango, 6,937; Register and Recorder, Capt. D. Long, Fairview, 6,820; District Attorney, A. B. Force, Erie, 6,315; Coroner, Dr. J. E. Silliman, Erie, 6,581; Director of the Poor, John G. Kincaide, Wayne, 6,694.

Democratic -- State Senate, David Olin, Girard, 5,083; Prothonotary, S. B. Gail, Corry, 4,559; Register and Recorder, A. L. Tilden, LeBoeuf, 4,682; District Attorney, A. F. Bole, Union City, 5,119; Coroner, Dr. J. T. Clarke, Erie, 4,588; Director of the Poor, Josiah Shreve, Union Township, 4,794.

Independent candidate for Coroner, A. M. Tarbell, Erie, 289.

This year, entire Boards of County Commissioners and County Auditors were elected for the first time, under the operation of the new constitution. Three of both classes of officers were chosen for three years in each case, no voter having a right to cast a ballot for more than two, thus securing minority representation. The nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties were as follows, all being elected:

County Commissioners -- A. B. Gunnison, Erie, D. W. Titus, Venango, Republicans, and R. H. Arbuckle, East Mill Creek, Democrat.

County Auditors -- E. L. Range, LeBoeuf, William B. Hayes, Greene, Republicans, and W. J. Brockway, Conneaut, Democrat.

G. H. Lyon, of North East, was elected County Surveyor, receiving a few hundred votes, but the court decided that there was no vacancy, and he did not receive a commission.

1876
The October Election was dispensed with, and district and county officers were chosen in November, on the same day as the Presidential electors.

This year was the first in which the Greenback party appeared in national politics. It proposed to abolish the National Banks, and substitute United States Treasury Notes, usually known as Greenbacks, for their notes of issue.

The nominees for President and Vice President were as follows:

President -- Rutherford B. Hayes, of Ohio, Republican; Samuel J. Tilden, New York, Democrat; Peter Cooper, New York, Greenback; Green Clay Smith, Kentucky, Prohibition; James B. Walker, Illinois, Anti-Secret Society.

Vice President -- William A. Wheeler, New York, Republican; Thomas A. Hendricks, Indiana, Democrat; Samuel F. Cary, Ohio, Greenback; Gideon T. Stewart, Prohibition; Donald Kilpatrick, New York, Anti-Secret Society.

The nominees for elector in this Congressional District were W. W. Wilbur, Warren, Republican; B. F. Morris, Warren, Democrat; David Wilson, Union, Greenback; John T. Taylor, Venango, Prohibition; D. W. Elderkin, Venango, Anti-Secret Society.

The vote of the State was follows: Hayes, 384,184; Tilden, 366,204; Cooper, 7,204; Smith, 1,318; Walker, 85.

Following is the vote of the county:

   
Hayes
 
Tilden
 
Cooper
 
Smith
Erie, First Ward, First District  
73
 
108
 
--
 
--
Erie, First Ward, Second District  
167
 
96
 
--
 
--
Erie, First Ward, Third District  
81
 
271
 
1
 
--
   
--------
 
--------
 
-----
   
321
 
475
 
1
Erie, Second Ward, First District  
124
 
288
 
--
 
--
Erie, Second Ward, Second District  
171
 
465
 
--
 
--
Erie, Second Ward, Third District  
119
 
131
 
--
 
--
   
--------
 
--------
 
   
424
 
584
 
Erie, Third Ward, First District  
188
 
161
 
--
 
--
Erie, Third Ward, Second District  
188
 
78
 
--
 
--
Erie, Third Ward, Third District  
119
 
135
 
--
 
--
   
--------
 
--------
 
   
495
 
374
 
Erie, Fourth Ward, First District  
205
 
192
 
--
 
--
Erie, Fourth Ward, Second District  
144
 
61
 
--
 
--
Erie, Fourth Ward, Third District  
169
 
157
 
1
 
--
   
518
 
410
 
1
Erie, Fifth Ward  
141
 
219
 
--
 
--
Erie, Sixth Ward  
226
 
190
 
--
 
--
   
--------
 
--------
 
   
2,125
 
2,242
 
2
East Mill Creek  
108
 
137
 
--
 
--
West Mill Creek  
211
 
168
 
--
 
--
Harbor Creek  
272
 
165
 
--
 
--
North East Township  
286
 
189
 
--
 
--
North East Borough  
232
 
86
 
--
 
--
Greenfield  
168
 
56
 
--
 
--
Venango  
212
 
131
 
--
 
--
Wattsburg  
57
 
32
 
--
 
--
Amity  
124
 
104
 
4
 
--
Wayne  
198
 
82
 
15
 
--
Concord  
136
 
114
 
--
 
--
Elgin  
30
 
9
 
--
 
--
Corry, First Ward  
263
 
212
 
7
 
10
Corry, Second Ward  
270
 
258
 
6
 
11
Union Township  
199
 
111
 
--
 
2
Union Borough  
235
 
257
 
1
 
4
LeBoeuf  
196
 
147
 
--
 
2
Mill Village  
61
 
36
 
--
 
1
Waterford Township  
315
 
112
 
2
 
--
Waterford Borough  
172
 
62
 
--
 
--
Greene  
142
 
196
 
--
 
--
Summit  
89
 
130
 
--
 
--
McKean  
252
 
61
 
5
 
--
Middleboro  
31
 
4
 
--
 
--
Washington  
342
 
122
 
7
 
--
Edinboro  
88
 
60
 
--
 
--
Franklin  
188
 
55
 
--
 
--
Elk Creek  
211
 
146
 
--
 
2
Conneaut  
274
 
109
 
1
 
--
Albion  
72
 
44
 
--
 
2
Springfield  
419
 
67
 
--
 
--
Girard Township  
351
 
166
 
--
 
--
Girard Borough  
79
 
82
 
--
 
--
Lockport  
46
 
45
 
--
 
--
Fairview Township  
202
 
135
 
--
 
--
Fairview Borough  
67
 
37
 
--
 
--
   
--------
 
--------
 
-----
 
-----
     Total  
8,724
 
6,179
 
50
 
34


Walker received one vote in Elgin.

A long and exciting dispute occurred over the electoral votes of Louisiana, Florida and South Caroline, which were claimed by both of the leading parties. In Oregon, the Governor gave a certificate to one Democratic elector, on the ground that one of the Republican electors was ineligible. After a prolonged agitation, the matter was submitted to an Electoral Commission, consisting of five of the United States Supreme Judges, and ten member of Congress, who decided by 8 to 7 in each case that the entire electoral vote of the States named should go to the Republicans. This decision gave Hayes and Wheeler the offices of President and Vice President by a majority of one elector. Politically, the Commission stood 8 Republicans to 7 Democrats.

The Republican nominee for Congress was Lewis F. Watson, of Warren; the Democratic, William L. Scott, of Erie; the Greenback, C. C. Camp, of Venango; and the Prohibition, Samuel Axtell, of Venango. Below is the vote of the district:

   
Watson
 
Scott
 
Camp
 
Axtell
Erie  
8,557
 
6,369
 
26
 
15
Warren  
3,321
 
2,202
 
11
 
80
Venango  
3,762
 
3,522
 
212
 
247
   
---------
 
---------
 
-----
 
-----
     Total  
15,640
 
12,093
 
249
 
342


The vote for President Judge was as follows:

William A. Galbraith, Erie, Independent Democrat, 7,331; William Benson, Erie, Republican, 7,187; Judge Galbraith had 1,200 majority in the city of Erie.

City Candidates-- Assembly, Gustav Jarecki, Republican, 2,167; William Henry, Democrat, 2,177.

County Candidates-- Republican - State Senate, Henry Butterfield, Erie, 8,692; Assembly (county only), Dr. S. F. Chapin, Wattsburg, 6,613; Charles A. Hitchcock, North East Borough, 6,596; S. E. Kincaide, Wayne, 6,571; Sheriff, E. E. Stuerznickel, Erie, 8,667; Clerk of the Courts, Maj. Frank H. Couse, Erie, 8,9009; Director of the Poor, Seymour Washburn, McKean, 8,676; Jury Commissioner, George A. Evans, West Mill Creek, 8,797.

Democratic -- State Senate, John W. Walker, Erie, 6,193; Assembly, W. T. Everson, Amity, 3,916; L. W. Savage, Springfield, 3,911; D. C. Thomas, Fairview Borough, 3,920; Sheriff, F. Stanford, Corry, 6,168; Clerk of the Courts, James Bell, concord, 5,990; Director of the Poor, Archibald Duncan, North East, 6,345; Jury Commissioner, Joseph I. Tanner, Erie, 6,112.

1877
Supreme Judge-- James P. Sterrett, Allegheny County, Republican, 244,480; John Trunkey, Venango County, Democrat, 251,000; B. S. Bentley, Lycoming County, Greenback, 51,582; A. H. Winton, Luzerne County, Prohibition, 2,899.

State Treasurer-- William B. Hart, Montgomery County, Republican, 241,116; A. C. Noyes, Clinton County, Democrat, 251,717; James L. Wright, Philadelphia, Greenback, 52,854; Samuel Cornett, Chester County, Prohibition, 2,827.

Auditor General-- J. A. M. Passmore, Schuylkill County, Republican, 242,288; William P. Schell, Bedford County, Democrat, 251,256; James E. Emerson, Beaver County, Greenback, 52,688; A. A. Barker, Cambria County, Prohibition, 2,097.

The average vote of Erie County was 4,870 for the Republicans, 3,670 for the Democratic, 190 for the Greenback, and 44 for the Prohibition State candidates.

County Candidates-- Republican -- Treasurer, William C. Hay, Fairview, 4,970; Director of the Poor, George W. Riblet, Erie, 4,869; County Surveyor, George M. Robinson, Springfield, 5,044.

Democratic -- Treasurer, William A. Bean, Summit, 3,876; County Surveyor, Irwin Camp, Erie, 3,772.

Independent Republican -- Director of the Poor, Michael Henry, Summit, 3,762.

1878
Governor-- Gen. Henry M. Hoyt, Luzerne County, Republican, 319,567; Andrew H. Dill, Union County, Democrat, 279,000; Samuel R. Mason, Mercer County, Greenback, 81,758; Franklin H. Lane, Huntingdon County, Prohibition, 3,759.

Lieutenant Governor-- Charles W. Stone, Warren County, Republican, 319,008; John Fertig, Crawford County, Democrat, 295,753; Michael Steck, Lycoming County, Greenback, 74,082; John Shallcross, Philadelphia, Prohibition, 3,613.

Supreme Judge-- James P. Sterrett, Allegheny County, Republican, 311,642; Henry P. Ross, Montgomery County, Democrat, 287,221; Daniel Agnew, Beaver County, Greenback and Prohibition, 99,316.

Secretary of Internal Affairs-- Aaron K. Kunkel, Philadelphia, Republican, 313,193; J. Simpson Africa, Huntingdon County, Democrat, 301,034; James L. Wright, Philadelphia, Greenback, 81,733; Calvin Parsons, Luzerne County, Prohibition, 3,657.

The average vote of Erie County was 6,000 for the Republican, 4,200 for the Democratic, 1,650 for the Greenback, and 2 for the Prohibition candidates.

The Republican candidate for Congress was John H. Osmer, Venango; the Democratic, George A. Allen, Erie; the Greenback, Cyrus C. Camp, Venango, and the Prohibition, Samuel B. Axtell, Venango. Following is the vote of the district:

   
Osmer
 
Allen
 
Camp
 
Axtell
Erie  
5,576
 
4,796
 
1,631
 
--
Warren  
2,200
 
1,821
 
2,047
 
--
Venango  
3,409
 
2,934
 
1,446
 
301
   
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     Total  
11,205
 
8,551
 
5,127
 
301


City Candidates
-- Assembly, Gustav Jarecki, Republican, 1,894; John M. Kuhn, Democrat, 1,402; James Hoskinson, Greenback, 171; Asa H. Faulkner, Independent, 19.

County Candidates-- Republican -- Assembly, Samuel E. Kincaide, Wayne, 4,270; Myron H. Silverthorn, Fairview Township, 4,304; Isaac B. Brown, Corry, 3,984; Prothonotary, Giles D. Price, Venango, 6,269; Register and Recorder, Capt. John C. Hilton, Erie, 6,437; District Attorney, Charles E. Lovett, Erie, 6,020; Commissioners, Albert B. Gunnison, Erie, 6,159; D. W. Titus, Venango, 6,137; Director of the Poor, Jefferson Triscuit, Union, 6,148; Coroner, Dr. J. E. Silliman, Erie, 6,207; Auditors, William E. Hayes, Greene, 6,163; W. W. Love, West Mill Creek, 6,132.

The Democrats and Greenbackers formed a fusion upon Assemblymen and Register and Recorder, which led to the election of Alfred Short to the Assembly, over Isaac B. Brown. The following were the candidates on the several tickets:

On both tickets -- Assembly, Alfred Short, North East, 4,402; Uras Schluraff, West Mill Creek, 3,986; David Wilson, Union, 4,056; Register and Recorder, Robert S. Hunter, Erie, 5,433.

On Democratic ticket alone -- Prothonotary, C. E. Duncombe, Amity, 4,021; District Attorney, Frank W. Grant, Erie, 4,373; Commissioner, A. L. Tilden, Le Boeuf, 4,171; Director of the Poor, Hartley Lampson, Middleboro, 4,156; Coroner, John Walsh, Erie, 4,096; Auditor, C. R. Gray, Venango, 4,122.

On Greenback ticket alone -- Prothonotary, A. T. Marsh, Erie, 1,722; District Attorney, M. Phelps, Edinboro, 1,609; Commissioners, Ephraim Boyer, Fairview Township, 1860; H. L. Wyman, Corry, 1,624; Director of the Poor, George W. Barr, West Mill Creek, 1,684; Coroner, Daniel Landon, Erie, 1,687; Auditors, Theo H. Marsh, Waterford, 1,751; Elijah Crow, Washington, 1,686.

Messrs. Tilden and Gray were elected as the Minority Commissioner and Auditor.

1879
State Treasurer-- Samuel Butler, Chester County, Republican, 280,153; Daniel O. Barr, Allegheny County, Democrat, 221,715; Peter Sutton, Indiana County, Greenback, 27,207; J. L. Richardson, Philadelphia, Prohibition, 3,219.

Erie County gave Butler 5,281, Barr 3,244, Sutton 738, and Richardson 1 vote.

County Candidates-- Republican -- Sheriff, Henry C. Stafford, Jr., Waterford Township, 5,707; Clerk of the Courts, Maj. Frank H. Couse, Erie, 5,295; Director of the Poor, John C. Zuck, West Mill Creek, 5,297; Jury Commissioner, D. L. Bracken, Corry, 5,483.

Democratic -- Sheriff, R. H. Arbuckle, West Mill Creek, 2,882; Clerk of the Courts, David A. Sawdy, Conneaut, 3,223; Director of the Poor, Ephraim Boye, Fairview Township, 3,990 (on Greenback ticket also); Jury Commissioner, William Biggers, Girard Township, 3,125.

Greenback -- Sheriff, Frank S. Heath, Concord, 733; Clerk of the Courts, Mortimor Phelps, Edinboro, 739; Jury Commissioner, A. M. Howard, Corry, 773.
 
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Bibliography: Samuel P. Bates, History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, (Warner, Beers & Co.: Chicago, 1884), Part II, Chapter XXI, pp. 340-430.
 

 


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