Ohio Memory has published a new post, “Ohio’s 1842 Election: Absquatulators vs. Gerrymanderers”
It was 1842, and Ohioans were preparing for another round of elections, including the race for governor. Americans were still recovering from the financial hardships caused by the Panic of 1837, and one of the central issues at stake in this election was bank reform. Whigs and Democrats were fiercely divided on the question: the former favored a more powerful centralized banking system while the latter preferred the establishment of local banks with limited abilities. The Democratic plan was supported by those Ohioans who felt that banks had contributed to their difficult circumstances over the previous five years. During the summer of 1842, however, this issue became less important as Whigs and Democrats found something else to argue about. […]
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Ohio’s 1842 Election: Absquatulators vs. Gerrymanderers
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