Bell-Douglas Fusion in New York

Peter Cagger
Peter Cagger, State Secretary of the Democratic Party

The New York Times reported on Oct. 4, 2010 that the Douglas faction of the Democratic party and Bell supporters of New York had reached a fusion agreement.

The Democratic State Committee met at 1 o’clock.

SAMUEL F. BUTTERWORTH attends on behalf of the Union men of New-York City, and Alderman DAYTON, of Brooklyn, is present to represent the Union men of Kings County.

The proposition for placing six Union electors on the Douglas ticket to fill vacancies, and for putting HENRY S. RANDALL on for Elector at large, appears perfectly acceptable to the State Committee, provided that the parties thus placed on the ticket will accept and declare themselves favorable to fusion.

After some discussion, SAMUEL F. BUTTERWORTH, on the part of the Union men, agreed to the withdrawal of the name of HENRY S. RANDALL, and the substitution of that of GREENE C. BRONSON, as Elector at Large.

Alderman DAYTON stated on his own responsibility that the Greene men were willing to unite, provided they could nominate the six electors to be chosen and the Lieutenant-Governor. No proposition of this kind was formally before the Committee from the Greene Party, and no action, therefore, was taken on the subject.

Immediately after the State Committee had completed the union Mr. BRADY left for Hudson, where he is to address the National Democracy to-night.

Mr. GREENE expresses his determination to carry on the war to the bitter end, and it is announced that Mr. BRADY will stump the State from now until election day against the Union ticket.

Much excitement was manifested all the afternoon in regard to the ticket, and to-night there is a general rejoicing over the consummation of a union among all classes of the Democracy.

James T. Brady
James T. Brady

James T. Brady, representing the Breckinridge faction, had been opposed to fusion with the Douglas faction for some time. We see here that, even with the Bell and Douglas tickets fusing in opposition to Lincoln, the Breckinridge people were still adamant. They would come around soon.

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