[Pottsville? 1867?]. Folio broadside, 7 3/4" x 12 3/8". Twenty two lines in the top section followed by three columns, each with almost 100 lines of text. A few fox spots, lightly toned, Very Good.
We do not locate any record of this rare campaign broadside. It presents Crosland's positions on a variety of issues, and praises his work as State Representative. He seeks the endorsement of "Fellow-Democrats" in the upcoming election. Crosland was the guiding hand behind legislation protecting miners and laborers. He promises to advocate their interests, will oppose class legislation and oppressive special privileges, and "crazy theories of new-fangled Courts, and License Laws." He defends his Democratic Party against Republican charges of disloyalty during the Civil War.
Crosland [1810-1892] was called "one of the best known citizens of Pottsville" in his obituary in the Miners' Journal. He settled in Pottsville soon after the Schuylkill canal opened in 1825, engaged in boat building, was proprietor of the Anthracite Gazette and Schuylkill County Advocate, and Justice of the Peace. He served one term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1866. He ran as an independent candidate for Congress around 1880 but lost the election. He was one of the oldest Odd Fellows in the United States. "Song of the Union by a Pennsylvanian" in 1860 and dedicated the piece to President Buchanan. [MINERS JOURNAL, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1892, p.1]. Item #34818