Go vote!

With the presidential election upon us, we look back some decades to another. Here is the 1864 National Republican Ticket.

National Republican Ticket, 1864
National Republican Ticket, 1864

Running for re-election against General George B. McClellan, a War Democrat known as “Little Mac,” on a platform that included the defeat of the Confederacy and a constitutional amendment to end slavery, Lincoln received 55% of the popular vote and 212 electoral college votes of the possible 233.  For background and details on the 1864 election, go here or here.

Below the national candidates, we see John Albion Andrews, called the “Great War-Governor,” also running for a second term.  Unlike Lincoln, Andrews did not win.  To learn more about this notable Massachusetts governor, go here.

The Kingston connection lies at the very bottom: Cephas Washburn, Jr. of Kingston running for Representative of District No. 5.  Did he win?  Well, in 1864, election results were slow to get out to the public, so stay tuned for the results, which we’ll post after the elections.

Update: There is no record that Cephas Washburn Jr. won his election.

Source: Vertical Files Collection: “Washburn Family.”

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