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The Republican victory in the Baltimore municipal elections kicks off a political firestorm in Maryland.

Baltimore, 1853

Municipal elections in Baltimore, Maryland saw Republican Mayor John Crawford re-elected with a vote of 5,405 to 2,840.  The total vote of just over eight thousand in a city where there were an estimated 35,000 eligible voters caused consternation amongst Democrats.  The fault, they said, was the Baltimore Police Commissioners who were responsible for voter registration and who for years had wiped from the rolls anyone remotely connected with the Confederacy.  The uproar resulted in the governor of the state removing the entire board of commissioners and replacing them three weeks later.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Maryland," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 471-472,