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The 1858 election saw a heated campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor with John W. Ellis facing William W. Holden. A biographical sketch of each nominee is given along with the details of the contentious race between the two candidates as presented in the state's newspapers.
Morality does not always dictate a politician's campaign and the same is true in the early political history of the state. During the first three decades of the 19th century a pervasive technique to win elections in the General Assembly and Congress developed called electioneering. Those politicians electioneering spent as much time in the public arena as possible attempting to convince voters of their aptitude over the other candidates. Though the norm today, this technique went against the election philosophy of the time which is outlined by the author.
This article looks at the 1836 Election and the Whig's Party plan to run three separate candidates in different regions of the country--Hugh Lawson White in the South, Daniel Webster in parts of New England, and William Henry Harrison in the remainder of the East and Northwest--against Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren. The details of the campaigns, the candidates, the state politics and the election itself are provided here.