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Rare Poll Sheet for the 1852 Election: Democrat Franklin Pierce wins Illinois, defeating Whig Winfield Scott and Free Soiler John P Hale
"Manuscript Document Signed ?Jas Berdan ex off J.P.,? ?P.C. Arnett J.P.,? and ?G.A. Dunlup Clerk,? one page, 16? x10.25?. Morgan County, Illinois, November 2, 1852. Minor separation at edge of mid-horizontal fold, smudged in two areas so corrections could be made to the tally. Fine condition.Headed ?Abstract of votes for Eleven Electors of President and Vice President of the United States / in the County of Morgan and State of Illinois at an Election held in said County on Tuesday / the Second day of November AD 1852.? Morgan County is located in west-central Illinois roughly 90 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri, 230 miles southwest of Chicago and 30 miles west of Springfield, Illinois.James Berdan (1805-1884), a lawyer educated at Columbia and Yale (Class of 1824), was County Judge of Morgan County from 1849-1857. He later served as Secretary of the Tonica & Petersburg Railroad until it was merged into the St. Louis, Jacksonville & Chicago Railroad. Judge Berdan was a political friend of Abraham Lincoln. P. C. Arnett (1820-1875), a Tennessean by birth, moved with his parents to Morgan County in 1831. Arnett was prominent in county affairs for 32 years. He was the owner and proprietor of a grist mill at Waverly, Illinois. Berdan and Arnett each signed as Justice of the Peace.In the 1852 presidential election, the Democrats won Illinois, 80,378 popular votes to 64,733 for the Whigs and 9,863 for the Free Soil candidates, winning the state?s 11 electoral votes. Pierce carried Illinois and 26 other states to four for General Scott, 1.6 million to 1.4 million popular votes, 254-42 electoral votes. The majority of Morgan County voters cast their ballots for the 11 Democratic electors listed on this tally, including Leonard Swett and Richard Oglesby. 27-year-old Swett was one of Lincoln?s friends and an attorney with whom Lincoln practiced in the Illinois court circuit in the 1850s. He unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for Congress in 1856 and, in 1862, as the Republican nominee for Congress, lost to Democrat John Todd Stuart, Mary Todd Lincoln?s cousin and Abraham Lincoln?s former law partner. Richard Oglesby was Republican Illinois Governor (1865-1869, 1873, 1885-1889) and U.S. Senator (1873-1879)."
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