PROCEEDINGS OF THE DEMOCRATIC STATE CONVENTION HELD AT HARRISBURG, MARCH 2, 1857. CONTAINING BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR, SUPREME JUDGE, AND CANAL COMMISSIONER.

Harrisburg: Patriot and Union Printing Office, 1857. Original printed wrappers [dirty, rear plain wrap torn; wrapper title says 'Conventions' instead of 'Convention' as appearing on title page, and adds 'and June 9' before 1857]. Stitched, 56pp. Frontis portrait of William F. Packer, the Democratic candidate for Governor. Scattered light wear and spotting, last page dusted, some pages tanned. Good+.

The scarce record of this Convention, which celebrates on "the very eve of the inauguration of a Pennsylvania President [James Buchanan], elected by the Pennsylvania Democracy, assisted, of course, by the Democracy of other States." The delegates deplore the Pennsylvania Senate's election of Simon Cameron, formerly a Democrat but recently converted to the Republican Party, as United States Senator, with the help of "three apostates from our own party." Reassembling on June 9 after nominating Packer for Governor, the Convention decides upon the Party's other candidates and resolves that the Dred Scott decision, "in regard to the political rights of the Negro race, meets the hearty acquiescence of the judgment of the Democratic citizens of Pennsylvania." Biographies of the candidates are included.
FIRST EDITION. OCLC 28831692 [3- Yale, HSP, U Chicago]. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker. Item #22945

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