Presidential election evokes little excitement in Philadelphia

By Election Day, observers thought that the city of Philadelphia saw a Republican victory as inevitable. One newspaper reported, "we never saw an election for even ward officers, that excited so little interest."  Processions did appear in the later evening of election day with Lincoln clubs celebrating the victory.  Police reported one disturbance with arrests.  (By John Osborne)
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Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), 1: 737
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