Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society Volume 19

Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society Volume 19

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...James Carpenter for City Surveyor, and nominated Dr. Henry Carpenter for President of Select Council; he was allowed to withdraw from memlbership. The local council went on record as unanimously opposed to an "open organization" of the American party, thereby attesting confidence in the political tradition in the efficiency of mystery and secrecy as elements of party power. It 1! I! The minutes I have been reviewing come to a sudden and unexplained termination on September 9, 1855. That was, of course, not the end of Know Nothingism in Lancaster. In modified form it manifested itself in a local club which supported Bell and Everett as the Presidential ticket of 1860, and had its headquarters on the south side of East King street, this side of-the Farmers' Trust Company, over the Slaymaker-Reigart liquor store, whose management long and bravely stuck to Native Americanism. Unlike them, many prominent people of Lancaster county who belonged to the KIIOw Noi1'1i!1gS, not only during their membership, but after the vogue of it--stoutly denied it, and continued to do so until the end of their lives, or, at least, until all political aspirations were burned out. It certainly w-as not an asset after 1860. The local membership roll, before me as-I write, bears the names of many whose denials would make St. Peter's cock hoarse with vain repetition of his vociferous performances. I shall not draw the veil of disclosure. To me the movement was a comedy rather than a tragedy. 'But so much of politics is comedy that I recommend all young people to try it for a while--and then settle down to the serious aspect of statesmanship. MINUTES 0F JUNE MEETING Lancaster, Pa.., June 4, 1915. The regular monthly meeting of the Lancaster County...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236961498
  • 9781236961495