MAJORITY REPORT AND RESOLUTION ON THE PETITION OF HENRY M. HYAMS, HENRY ST. PAUL, AND D.D. WITHERS, CONTESTING THE RIGHT OF LEONCE BURTHE, J.J. MICHEL, AND GLENDY BURKE, TO THEIR SEATS AS SENATORS FROM THE PARISH OF ORLEANS.

Baton Rouge: Advocate Steam Power Press Print. 1856. Original printed wrappers [lower margin of front wrapper with a large chip], stitched. 17, [1] pp. Light to moderate spotting, Good+.

The Report uncovers evidence of sufficient ballot fraud to have stolen the election from the contestants, who charge they were cheated out of their victory. In the New Orleans 9th Precinct, most of the votes favored them but "lawless men broke the ballot box and destroyed the ballots." Similarly, ballots in the 22d Precinct were "stolen and clandestinely taken from the lawful custody of the Commissioners of Elections."
The election was a bitter fight between Democrats and Know-Nothings. Many stolen ballots were from naturalized citizens who were entitled by law to vote. The Know-Nothing election commissioners also sought to disqualify naturalized citizens from voting. Excoriating the Know-Nothings, the Louisiana Senate charges "that the implements of ruffianism have been successfully employed to despoil American citizens of the elective franchise." Indeed, "organized bands of armed men" surrounded the polling places in order to intimidate them.
Not in Cohen or Thompson. OCLC records seven locations under two accession numbers as of July 2015. Item #32241

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