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Governor Swann of Maryland removes the Baltimore Police Commissioners board.

Thomas Swann, detail
11/01/1866

Three weeks before, municipal elections in Baltimore, Maryland saw Republican Mayor John Crawford re-elected with a vote of just 5,405 to 2,840 in a city with an estimated 35,000 eligible voters. This caused consternation amongst Democrats who blamed the Baltimore Police Commissioners who were responsible for voter registration and who had long wiped from the rolls anyone remotely connected with the former Confederacy.  The uproar resulted in Maryland Governor Thomas Swann, a Democrat, removing the entire board of commissioners on this day and replacing them. (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,

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