Chairman of the Committee on Elections.
Mr. Gilmer has been placed at the head of the Committee on Elections. From a combination of circumstances, this is one of the most important positions in the House, and a better Chairman could not have been selected. The post will be one of immense labor and research; and Mr. Gilmer’s talent, laborious habits, and untiring energy, point him out as the man for the place; besides, he belongs to neither of the stronger parties n the House, and will be the better able to do impartial justice between them.
There are a number of contested seats in the House, the result of which may materially affect the strength of parties. Among the members whose seats are contested, are Messrs. Sickles[,] Barrett [Barret], Cooper, Florence, Henry Winter Davis, and J. Morrison Harris.