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New York Times, "Presidential Candidates," July 14, 1858

"Presidential Candidates," New York Times, July 14, 1858
This article from a leading Republican newspaper in New York illustrates the perennial nature of American complaints about canpaigning while also providing some insight into the politics of the 1850s. After expressing regret over the length of presidential campaigns, the author eagerly identifies several possible scontenders for the 1860 nomination, including Senator Robert Hunter, Gov. Henry Wise, and Secretary of War John Floyd, all from Virginia, for the Democratic Party, and Gov. William Seward of New York and Sen. John J. Crittenden of Kentucky for the Republicans. (By Matthew Pinsker)


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