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ward, the party adverse to the Democratic organization had been known as National Republicans and Anti-Masons, but in that year the parties opposed to the Democracy formed a coalition and changed their name to Whig, and under this name fought their battles until 1855–56, when a fusion between the Free Soilers and Know-Nothings was made, and both elements combined under the name of Republican. There existed, however, during many years, in Williams County, a small, but brave and earnest body of Abolitionists, who were denounced and persecuted by both Democrats and Whigs, who vied with each other in making assaults upon the incendiary Abolitionist,” and it was only upon this common ground that the two powerful parties would make common warfare. A woman of high character and intelligence, Miss Abbey Kelley, who had been invited by the little band in the town and county to address a public meeting at Bryan, was, after her lecture and on her way from the place of meeting to the house of a friend where she was a guest, the object of gross personal insult, a cowardly mob following her, making use of coarse language and even casting eggs at her person. Thirty years and more have elapsed since this occurrence, but it is probable that now, were Miss Kelley living, and she would appear before a Bryan audience and advocate the very principles embodied in the speech she then made, the same ill-mannered crowd would, were they all living, defend, to the last extremity, her person against any threatened insult; and this simple reminiscence indicates the revolution that time has wrought in public sentiment.
Before proceeding further, some election statistics are referred to : The first election for county officers was held April 8, 1824, at which, for Auditor, Timothy S. Smith received 37 votes, and H. Jerome 26 votes. For Coroner, Arthur Burras 6 votes; John Oliver 40 votes, and Thomas Warren 17 votes. For Sheriff, James Shirley had 14 votes, and William Preston 48 votes. For Commissioners, Jesse Hilton had 58 votes; Cyrus Hunter, 37 votes ; Charles Gunn, 31 votes; Montgomery Evans, 28 votes ; Benjamin Leavell, 26 votes; William Hunter, 4 votes ; and John Oliver, 1 vote. At the October election, same year, for Governor, Allen Trimble received 61 votes, and Jeremiah Morrow 6 votes. For State Senator, James Mills had 47 votes, and for Representative, Alexander Smith had 47 votes. There does not appear upon the official abstract record of any opposition offered to either the Senatorial or Representative candidates. The vote for Governor in 1810 will exhibit quite as clearly the relative strength of the Whig and Democratic parties in Williams County as the vote for President, cast in the month following. Appended is the official canvass for Governor, County Commissioner and County Auditor :
At this and the Presidential election immediately following, it will be borne in mind that the Abolitionists had no candidates, and that the FreeSoil party was not then in existence :
At this election, for Recorder, Jacob Ycuse (Democrat), received 397 votes ; Augustus A. Porter (Whig), 227 votes; for Sheriff, Levi Cunningham (Independent), received 297 votes, and Daniel Langel (Democrat), 297 votes; James A. Godwin (Democrat), was elected Coroner; Francis M. Case (Whig), Surveyor ; William Sheridan, Sr. (Democrat), Commissioner; and Joshua A. Dobbs (Democrat), Prosecuting Attorney.
At the above election, William McKean (Dem.) was candidate for County Auditor, and received 518 votes, and Jacob Smith (Whig) received 208 votes for the same office. For Coroner, Chauncey Mattison (Dem.) received 476 votes, and Robert Thompson (Whig) 22 votes.