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Thirty-ninth ballot in the election for Speaker sees John Sherman fall behind for the first time

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01/27/1860
Representatives had been meeting since December 5, 1859 on the usually routine task of electing a Speaker.  In a marathon session that culminated in the thirty-ninth ballot, John Sherman of Ohio, for the Republicans, who had led every ballot was at last overtaken by William Smith of North Carolina.  Smith, despite the support of a coalition of Democratic and American Party members, could not reach the required number of votes so the struggle went on. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Richard Franklin Bensel, Yankee Leviathan: the origins of central state authority in America, 1859-1877 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990), 53.

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