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Republicans replace John Sherman with William Pennington in the Speaker's election struggle

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01/30/1860
Representatives had been meeting since December 5, 1859 on the usually routine task of electing a Speaker.  After unsuccessfully supporting John Sherman of Ohio through thirty-nine ballots, the Republicans nominated William Pennington of New Jersey.  On the following fortieth ballot, Pennington fell three votes short of a majority and election. And the election continued.  (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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