Friday, November 2, 2012

Newspaper Tidbits: Politics

November 14, 1860 – New London Daily Chronicle (New London, Connecticut)

At Occoquan, Prince William County, Virginia, where a few months ago some hot headed fellows cut down a Republican flag staff, Lincoln received 58 votes, on Tuesday, Bell 48, Breckenridge 51, and Douglas 1.

November 2, 1872 – Alexandria Gazette

Maj. E. M. Braxton, Conservative and Col. J. B. Senor, Republican candidate for Congress, had a joint discussion at this place on Thursday last, before an audience of about thirty persons.

On Tuesday next the voters of Prince William county will be called on to vote "for" or "against" a subscription of $75,000 stock to the Potomac and Manassas Railroad.

February 8, 1877 – Decatur Republican (Decatur, Illinois)

The Electoral Commission … Representative Eppa Hunton (Dem,) was born in Virginia in 1823.  After a limited education he studied law, and became commonwealth attorney for Prince William County in 1849, holding the office until 1862.  He was a member of the Virginia State Convention of 1861, and entered the Confederate army as colonel.  He was promoted to brigadier general after the fight at Gettysburg, and was captured at Sailor's Creek in 1865, and confined for about four months in Fort Warren.  He was a member of the Forty third Congress, and has been re-elected to the Forty fifth.

August 24, 1892 – Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas)

The voters of Prince William County have, by a large majority, determined to move the courthouse from Brentsville to Manassas.

July 13, 1909 – Washington Post

Thomas H. Lion has resigned as chairman of the Democratic committee of Prince William County as he expects to become a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the house of delegates.  J. P. Manual was elected chairman to succeed Mr. Lion.

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