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Friday, November 8, 2013

November 8

1861  Denver Colorado incorporated.

1864  President Lincoln reelected.


1873  Winnipeg becomes incorporated as Canada's first city in the West.

1876  Mary Davis was elected Justice of the Peace in Tie Siding, Wyoming, a small town outside of Laramie Wyoming. She was the first woman in Wyoming to be elected to the position (there had been women appointed to justice of the peace previously).

1881  Coloradans vote to make Denver the state capitol.

1887  Doc Holliday died in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He'd lived over a decade longer than his doctor had first anticipated when he was diagnosed with TB.

1889  Montana achieves statehood.


1892     Former President Grover Cleveland beat incumbent Benjamin Harrison, becoming the only president to win non-consecutive terms in the White House.


Be that as it may, President Cleveland fared extremely poorly in Wyoming that year, which had representatives to the Electoral College for the first time, given its recent statehood.  The election of 1892 saw four candidates compete for electoral votes, and President Harrison ended up polling just over 50% of the Wyoming votes, with Populist James Weaver taking 46% of the Wyoming vote.  Amazingly, the remaining percentage of the vote seemingly went to John Bidwell of the Prohibition Party.  Cleveland's percentage of the Wyoming vote was infinitesimal.

 James Weaver

As surprising as this is, Wyoming was not unique in these regards.  Weaver polled so well in Colorado that he pulled out ahead of Harrison in that state and took that state's electoral votes.  He also one in Idaho, Nevada and North Dakota.  Cleveland was obviously very unpopular in the Rocky Mountain West in the 1892 election.  Indeed, Cleveland only took California and Texas in the West, and polled most strongly in the East and the South.  He polled particular well in the Deep South that year, although Weaver also, ironically, did well in the South.  Cleveland's status as a Democrat probably carried him in the South.

This probably is an interesting comment on both the evolution of political parties, and the make up of the Wyoming electorate at the time. Wyoming was a solidly Republican state then as now, but at that time the Republican Party was split between "progressive" and "conservative" factions.  While their fiscal policies significantly differed in general, the Democratic party had not yet started to have a significant populist branch.  The Democrats retained a very solid base in the South, were the party continued to favor the old Southern aristocracy.  The Republicans generally did well in the North and West.

This year, however, the factions that would eventually split the Republican Party wide open in the early 20th Century started to come to a head and a proto-progressive branch of the party started to emerge.  Interestingly, the Wyoming Republican Party apparently had a strong populist streak.  The strong polling by the Populists in the South reflected a split in that region in the Democratic Party, where the party was controlled by Southern aristocrats but had a large yeoman base.

In the following years Progressive and Populist branches of both parties would vie for control of the respective parties with William Jennings Bryan first making a serious run at converting the Democrats into a populist party and then the Republicans briefly becoming a progressive party during the Theodore Roosevelt years.  The Populist (or rather People's Party) would die after the election of the 1892 with a Progressive Party to emerge in 1912 very briefly.  The Progressive Party proved to be quite popular in  Wyoming when it briefly emerged, with Gov. Carey joining it during its brief existence.

1892  Henry A. Coffeen elected as Congerssman from Wyoming.

1892  John E. Osborne elected Governor.  Governor Osborne was a Democrat who was elected in the wake of the Johnson County War.

1893  Women granted the right to vote in Colorado.

1898  Battery A, Wyoming Light Artillery,  left San Francisco, CA, for Newport.and then on to the Philippines.  The battery arrived in Manila on December 7.

1901   Ben Kilpatrick, a Wild Bunch member, and, with Laura Bullion ({Della Rose"), a female associate of the gang, arrested in St. Louis.  He was carrying $7,000 in cash, a huge sum at the time, from a robbery but would not divulge the whereabouts of gang members.  Both were sentenced to prison.

1904  Theodore Roosevelt wins Presidential election.


1904  Bryant B. Brooks elected Governor.

1911  County attorney of Laramie County warned that all gambling must stop in the county.

1916   The Laramie Republican for November 8, 1916. Results Uncertain
 

The Laramie Republican, however, was only willing to go with "uncertain".
The Wyoming Tribune, the 3:30 edition. . not so sure now.
 

By 3:30 the Tribune was less certain, but still thought it was Hughes, probably.

And other news had crept back onto the front page.
Cheyenne State Leader for November 8, 1916. Getting the election right
 

The less dramatic leader, however, called the election correctly. 
 
The first edition of the Wyoming Tribune for November 8, 1916: HUGHES WINS
 

Except he didn't.  The Tribune had been hoping for Hughes. . . perhaps a little too much?
1932     New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president over incumbent Herbert Hoover.

1932  Leslie A. Miller elected Governor.

 Governor Miller on left meets with the Secretary of Agriculture.

1942  Two United States Army Air Corp fighters conducted a demonstration over Lusk, with one of them being flown by a resident of Lusk, now in the USAAC.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1957  The Most Reverend Patrick A. McGovern, Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, dies after occupying his office for 39 years. Bishop McGovern had been an orphan and grew up in Omaha Nebraska. As Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, he was active in his concern for the plight of Wyoming's orphans.

1960  John F. Kennedy was elected 35th President.  He did not, however, take Wyoming's vote.  Wyoming voters chose Richard Nixon that year, giving him 55% of the Wyoming vote.


1960  Jack R. Gage elected Governor.

1960  William Henry Harrison, great great grandson of President William Henry Harrison, and a lawyer from Sheridan, elected to the House of Representatives from Wyoming.  He had earlier served in that capacity from 1951 to 1955.  He was unusual that he had more than one interrupted periods of representation.

1984  The Lincoln County Courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1988  George H. W. Bush elected President.

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