July 25-26, 1866: Nominating candidates for Congress, radical and otherwise

Joseph W. McClurg
Governor Joseph W. McClurg of Missouri

The New York Times for July 25, 1866 ran a very short squib about the Radicals holding a convention in Missouri, where Joseph W. McClurg was re-nominated. McClurg served three terms in House as representative from Missouri district 5; this would be his last, as he resigned to run successfully for governor.


A Radical Convention

Sidelia[sic], Mo., Tuesday, July 24.

A Radical Convention was held here to-day, for the nomination of a candidate to Congress. The Convention was very large and enthusiastic. It is estimated 10,000 people were present. Joseph W. McClurg was nominated for reelection by declamation.

Meanwhile, the Cape Girardeau Argus of July 26, 1866 reprints a call to re-nominate and reelect the reprsentatives from districts 1 and 3, who are “the only representatives of the people of Missouri” — i.e., the ones who want ex-Confederates back in power. District 1 was St. Louis County, while district 3 included all of Southeast Missouri, including Cape Girardeau.

By the way, I owe thanks to archivist Tyson Koenig at Kent Library for finding this very helpful site showing historic Congressional District boundaries.

Messrs. Hogan and Noell –

These gentlemen occupying at present the most prominent position in the lower house of Congress, as the only representatives of the people of Missouri, are looked to, not only by their own State, but the entire West, as the guardians of their interest at Washington. Of all the members from Missouri, they alone have stood firmly by the Constitution and the President, and are understood to possess an influence with the administration corresponding to the manly position they have taken in its support. The people of Missouri look to them to protect their interests, and to see that the Federal offices held by the enemies of President Johnson and his policy, are transferred at the earliest practical moment, from the hands of disunion Radicals, to those of true and loyal men, whose influence will be exerted to carry out the policy of the President. These gentlemen deserve renomination and election. Not only the people of the First and Third Districts, but the people of the whole state expect it. It would be ingratitude, should it be otherwise. The people should see that these faithful servants are rewarded.

[Lexington Express]

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