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Mayoral Election of 1846

The Quincy Whig, April 22nd, 1846
The City Election.....
     On yesterday resulted in the election of the whig candidate for Mayor, John Wood, and one of the three Aldermen. We never saw an election more warmly maintained than that of yesterday-every inch of ground was contested-and at one time, we really began to think that the government of the city was about to pass from our hands of the whigs into those of our opponents.
     At noon, the locofoco candidates in all the wards, were considerably ahead-but thanks to the industry and indomitable perseverance of the friends of good order and good government-who never despair in a righteous cause-they gained upon them little by little, until at the close of the polls, we had changed the majorities in two of the wards and placed our candidate in the advance. We beg our readers to understand that we do not claim this election as a Whig Victory. We claim it as a triumph over the influence of the tippling shops-the deceit, cunning and treachery, of men from whom we expected better things-and for this triumph, are we indebted to many good citizens who have not acted with us heretofore in elections. They participate with us in the victory, and to them be all honor ascribed for their noble and manly exertions in defense of what they believed to be correct principles.
     We will say this for the defeated candidate for Mayor, Capt. Kelly, he polled a vote which surprised many of his friends-larger than was ever before given for a candidate for Mayor on that side of the question. The aggregate of the vote polled is nearly two hundred larger than ever before polled in our city election.
     There were several whigs who cast their votes against our candidates for trivial reasons. Some on account of the license question-some from personal pique-some because they were not permitted to suck at the public teat, under the administration of the whig board-and a greater number, especially Germans, who had been deceived into the belief, that the whigs were aiming to take from them their political rights;-but if such are satisfied with their course in betraying their friends-in departing from principle and throwing themselves into the irons of their political opponents, they have their reward, such as it is, in knowing that the battle was successfully maintained without their aid-and that although they deserved in the hour of need, there were others who bravely and manfully continued the contest and won the victory. But such whigs are not worthy of attention, and we pass on to the details;
For Mayor
Whig                                      Locofoco
John Wood-168                       T. Kelly-164
For Aldermen
H. V. Sullivan-167                    J. McClintock-173
For Mayor
John Wood-196                       T. Kelly-166
For Aldermen
G.W. Brown-128                       F.G. Johnson-172
For Mayor
John Wood-196                        T. Kelly-142
For Aldermen
Nath'l Summers-174                  D. Hauser-153
Woods majority in 1st Ward                 4
Woods majority in the 3d Ward             54
Kelly's majority in 2d Ward                    31
Wood's majority in the city                    27
The whole number of votes in the first
Ward was                                           332
In the second Ward                             301
In the third Ward                                  338
Whole number in the City                     971
Last year the whole number of votes
cast in the City was                             811
Of which Mr. Wood received                 470
And Mr. Holton                                    332
     The city election is now over, and perhaps it will be unnecessary to refer to any of the incidents connected with it. But we cannot let the occasion pass, without calling the attention of our readers to the means made us of by our opponents to deceive the voters and carry the election. All sorts of tales were privately circulated among the Germans to influence their votes. The Whig candidate for Mayor was grossly assailed and libeled, in the columns of the locofoco paper-which were reiterated with additions, all through the town. The most disgraceful appeals were made to the prejudices of our foreign population, to excite them against the Whigs. They were told, by men who claim  to be respectable, and who in the ordinary walks of life pass for gentlemen-that the Whigs and Native Americans were one-that the Whig party was the Native American party in disguise--and the greatest exertions were made to create distinctions in the community, and arouse prejudices which ought to sleep. This was the work of demagogues--of which, unfortunately, the city has full supply--an not by men who have a proper respect for their own characters. Through the influence of these men, many well-meaning Germans were imposed on--and cheated in to voting for men, who have not the public good in view.
     Add to this, the locofocos had a little German paper in operation, which was mostly, so far as its original matter was concerned, taken up with slanderous articles against the Whigs and their candidates. We have been told, for we confess our ignorance of the language, that much editorial attention of this new German print, was directed to the Quincy Whig and its editors. In one of his articles the editor charges, we understand, that the Quincy Whig receives from 3 to 400 dollars per year for printing for the City Council. We do not know the editor, and if this is a specimen of his courtesy and bearing, we do not wish to know him. We beg leave to say, however, that he has stated that which is not true in the matter of printing, either willfully or through ignorance.

[Transcribed and Submitted by Scott Reed]

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