In the hotly contested election for Speaker of the House, Thomas Bocock withdraws
Representatives had been meeting for almost two weeks on the usually routine task of electing a Speaker. The sectional crisis made this year very different, however. After the twelfth ballot, Thomas S. Bocock of Virginia, the nominee of the Democrats withdrew from the race, having failed to surpass John Sherman of Ohio the Republican nominee. Sherman could still not win the required majority, however, and the struggle went on. (By John Osborne)
Richard Franklin Bensel, Yankee Leviathan: the origins of central state authority in America, 1859-1877 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990), 52.