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in 1801; John Lytle, Jr., in 1802-04; Wilson Smith, in 1805-07; Samuel Dale and Bevan Parson, in 1808; Samuel Dale and James Montgomery, in 1809-12; Samuel Hays and Jacob Harrington, in 1813; David Dempsey and Jacob Harrington, in 1814; James Weston, Ralph Marlin and Jacob Harrington represented Venango, Mercer, Erie, Crawford and Warren in 1815; Samuel Hays took Weston's place in 1816, and with Thomas Wilson and Marlin represented the district in 1817; Messrs. Harrington, Cochran and Hackney, in 1818; Wilson Smith took Hackney's place in 1819, and William Connelly that of Harrington, while the last named, with Smith and Connelly, were the representatives in 1820; David Brown, George Moore and James Cochran were representatives in 1821; James Cochran (Venango and Crawford), in 1822; Samuel Hays, in 1823; William Foster, in 1825; Thomas Atkinson, in 1826; G. R. Espy, in 1827; John Galbraith (Venango and Warren), in 1828-31; James Thompson, in 1832-34; Hugh McClelland, in 1835; G. R. Espy, in 1836; James R. Snowden, in 1838 and 1841; Alex. Holeman, in 1840; D. B. Long, in 1842. From 1843 to 1851 Venango, Jeffer son and Clarion counties formed the district, J. R. Snowden, Robert Mitchell and William Perry being the representatives during all that period. In 1851 Morris Leech, J. W. Shugert and G. W. Schofield represented Venango, Mercer and Warren counties; in 1852, Joseph Y. James, J. W. Shugert and Lewis N. McGranahan; in 1854, L. T. Parmlee, John J. Kilgore and Robert M. De France; in 1855, S. P. McCalmont, Daniel Lott and Ralph Clapp. In 1856, Samuel Kerr, Daniel Lott and S. P. McCalmont; in 1857, Messrs. Kerr, McCalmont and Thomas Struthers; in 1858, W. G. Rose and C. P. Ramsdell, for Mercer and Venango counties. In 1860, G. D. Hofius, Elisha M. Davis; in 1862, M. C. Beebe and James C. Brown; in 1864, William Burgwin and Charles Koonce. In 1865 Venango and Warren were formed into one district.
Among the officers of Venango county, prior to 1866, were the following, whose names are connected with old eastern townships: Alexander Holeman, associate judge in 1850, and Joshua Davis, in 1861; John A. Dale, pronthonotary in 1857; Alexander Holeman, commissioner, 1825-28, Joshua Davis, 1830, and William Siggins, 1849-51; John Haslet, treasurer, 1839-40.
The elections of October, 1856, show 67 votes for Andrew Cook (W.), 48 for J. D. Flick (K. N.), and 27 for Oramil Thing (D.), candidates for commissioner; E. Shippen (W.), 154, H. Raught (W.), 88, and James McNeal (D.), 70 for auditor; Cvrus Blood (D.), 93, and Bennett Dobbs (W.), 55 for surveyor; Peter G. Reed (W.), 64, and Charles J. Fox (A. M.), 87 for treasurer.
In 1857 James McFarlane received 59 votes, and W. M. Abrams, 5 for the legislature; Cyrus Blood (D.), 75, Milton Gibbs (W.), 62, John Wynkoop, 55, Jonathan Hays (D.), 61, and Sylvester Nollon (W.), 28, candidates for office of associate judges; Samuel Johnston (W.), 80, and John F. Gaul (D.), 62 for sheriff; G. W. Rose(D.), 76, and Thomas Porter (W.), 62 for prothonotarv; John D. Hunt (D.), 43, Samuel Kinkead (D.), 43, James McNeal (D.), 97, and E. Mays (W.), 54 for commissioners; E. Shippen (W.), received 64 votes for district attorney; Archibald Black (D.), received 64, and Homer Wing (W.), 52 for coroner; and Timothy Caldwell (D.), 110 for auditor.
In October, 1858, Chapin Hall (R.) received 107, and James L. Gillis (D.), 69 votes for congress; Thomas McCullough (R.), 104, and Kennedy L. Blood (D.), 74 votes for State senator; M. B. McDowell 97, and John M. Fleming 69 for representative; A. L. Siegworth (R.), 151, and Thomas Porter (R.), 88, defeating Kinkead (D.) and Hunt (D.); John G. Brandon (R.) was chosen
The elections of 1859 show 61 votes for J. C. Wynkoop (R.), 47 for Jonathan Hays (R.), and 13 for Thomas Nugent, candidates for commissioner; Aaron B. Root (D.), 120, Samuel Kinkead (D.), 91, and H. Wing (R.), 36 for auditor; E. A. Brooke (D.), 96 for district attorney; John M. Fleming (D.), 57, and Samuel Young (B.), 35 for representative in assembly; and John Gilfoil (D.) was elected surveyor.
In 1860 Henry Souther (Republican elector) received 107 votes, and Byron D. Hamlin (Democratic elector), 47 votes; John Patton (R.), 125, and James K. Kerr (D.), 66, for congress; Jacob Black (R.), 110, and William Devins (D.), 72 for representative; W. R. Coon (R.), 102, and C. M. Robinson (D.), 69 for associate judge; AmosEldridge (R.), 65, G. W. Rose (D.), 57, and J. W. Dobbs (R.), 58 for prothonotary; William Fox (R.), 101, and James Painter (D.), 87 for sheriff; Jonathan Hays (R.), 79, J. D. Hunt (D.), 57, and Robert M. Stewart, 49 for treasurer; Thomas Porter (R.), 118, and Daniel Black (D.), 61 for commissioner; William Steele (R.), 92. and Everhart Mays (R.), 78 for auditor; Hiram Thing (R.), 80, and Jesse Perry (D), 45 for coroner.
In 1861 Samuel M. Fox (R.) received 74 votes, and C. L. Lamberton (D. ), 29 for senator; Jacob Black (R.) received 71, and William Devins (D.), 37 votes for assembly; James Campbell (Ind.), 68, and William Stewart (R), 37 for president judge; A. L. Seigworth (R.) defeated Arch. Black (D.) for the office of commissioner; C. M. Robinson (D.) was chosen auditor, and M. E. Porter (R.), coroner.
In 1862 G. W. Schotield (R.) received 82, and Milton Courtright (D.), 59 votes for congress; Bernard J. Reid (U.), 90, and W. T. Alexander (D.), 34 for assembly; John G. Brandon (R.) and Cyrus M. Robinson (D.) were elected associate judges; James M. Rose (D.) received 68, and Sylvester Nolton (R.), 57 votes for commissioner; Andrew Cook (R.) was chosen auditor; Samuel F. Rohrer (D.), surveyor; Jacob M^rcilliott (R.) defeated J. D. Hunt (D.) in the contest for the office of treasurer; Isaac Long (D.) was elected sheriff. The elections of 1863 show B. J. Reid (D.) receiving 91, and W. T. Alexander (D.), 55 for assembly; E. C. Mays (R.), 83, and Peter Beasley (D.), 57 for sheriff; G. W. Rose (D.), 70, and Sam. Kinkead (D.), 67 for prothonotary; John F. Gaul (R.), 79, and Daniel Black (D.), 61 for commissioners; H. W. Raught (R.), 85, C. J. Fox (R.), 74, and John D. Hunt (D.), 53, defeated Clyde R. Long (D.) and Rohrer (D.) for county auditors.
In October, 1864, William Bigler (D.) received 53, and G. W. Schofield (R.), 68 votes for congress; T. J. Boyier (D.) had no opposition here for the assembly; John W. Miller (R.) received 63, and S. F. Rohrer (D.), 57 votes for treasurer; Salvius Zents (R.) and Peter V. Mercilliott (R) were chosen commissioners; R. M. Stewart (D.) and Samuel Coon (R.), auditors; and Jesse W. Mays (R.) defeated William Burton (D.) by one vote in the race for coroner. Three military votes were recorded for Schofield. Rasselas W. Brown (D.), a presidential elector, received 62 votes, and John Patton (R.), 85, including 9 army votes.
In 1865 John Irwin (R.) received 76, and W. A. Wallace (D.), 40 votes each for senator; T. J. Boyier (D.), 37, and C. R. Earley (W. D.), 100 for assembly; W. R. Coon (R.), 75, and Isaac Long (D.), 67 for associate judge; Noah K. Burton (R.) was chosen coroner; Thomas B. Mays (D.), 75, and Peter V. Mercilliott (R.), 59 for commissioner; Lester Warner (D.), 71, and James A. Scott (R.), 60 for auditor; Samuel F. Rohrer (D.), 77, and William Steele (R.), 45 for surveyor.
The elections of 1866 show 99 votes for G. W. Schofield (R). and 77 for W. L. Scott (D.), candidates for congress; James M. McKay (R.), 99, and John D. Hunt (D.), 76 for assembly; J. B. Agnew (R.), 01, F. McNeal (D.), 47, and Aaron Brockway (D.), 26 for sheriff; W. P. Mercilliott (R.), 79, G. W. Rose (D.), 39, and William Kelly (D.), 57 for prothonotary; Daniel Black (D.), 80, Thomas Porter (R.), 74, and Thomas Nugent (Ind.), 21 for treasurer; John F. Gaul (R.), 67, John D. Hunt (D. ), 57, and James Painter (D.), 50 for commissioner; E. Cook (R.) was elected auditor, and D. S. Eldridge (D.), coroner.
A great influx of voters marks the year 1867, owing to the annexation of fire of Venango's townships. S. S. Hulings (D.) received 379 and John A. Dale (R.), 224 votes for associate judge; Thomas J. McCullough (D.), 313, James M. Walsh (R.), 288 for assembly; W. W. Mason (D.), 319, and W. E. Lathy (R.), 282 for district attorney; A. B. Root (D.), 325, and James Gilfillan (D.), 275 for commissioner; H. H. Stowe (R.), 347, and William Clyde (D.), 251 for auditor; J. Winans (D.), 386, and W. F. Hunter (R.), 211 for coroner; Samuel D. Irwin (R.), 223, and James Painter (D.), 276 votes for surveyor.
In 1868 Rasselas W. Brown (D.) received 350 and G. W. Schofield (R.), 334 votes for congress; W. A. Wallace (D.), 340, and Manasseh Arnold (R.), 340 for State senator; Thomas J. McCullough (D.), 333, and John M. Adams (R.), 342 for assembly; James P. Siggins (R.), 358, and Samuel H. Haslet (D.), 302 for treasurer; Nelson P. Wheeler (R), 392, and W. Y. Siggins (D.), 275 for commissioners; L. L. Hackett (D.), 342, and Edward Kerr (R.), 336 for auditor; Daniel Robb (R.), 347, and John D. Hunt (D.), 328 for surveyor. The presidential vote was Grant (R.), 355, and Seymour (D.), 294, respectively. Editor Conver was an ardent Democrat, and in the Grant and Seymour campaign made some rash bets, as was indicated in this notice printed in big job type in his first issue after the election:
THE ELECTIONS .
John A. Proper To Go Bahfooted
And The Editor Of The Press Will
The elections of 1869 show 376 votes for Charles R. Earley (Ind. Dem.) and 277 for John G. Hall (D.), candidates for assembly; 359 for John A. Proper (R.), and 284 for Josiah Winans (D.), candidates for associate judge; 353 for E. L. Davis (R.), and 296 for J. S. Hood (D.), candidates for sheriff; J. B. Agnew (R.), 384, and A. Allender (D.), 275. candidates for prothonotary; Benjamin Elliott (R.), 347 and William Haslet (D.), 307 for commissioner; Eli Holeman (R.), 333, and John Siggins (D.), 325 for auditor.
In 1870 G. W. Schofield (R.) received 366 votes, and Selden Marvin (D.), 276 for congress; W. E. Lathy (R.), 321, and John G. Hall (D.), 288 for assembly; A. Cook (R.), 361, and James H. Pennell (D.), 272 for associate judge; W. W. Mason (D.), 376, and J. B. Mechling (R.). 237 for district attorney; Jacob Mercilliott (R.), 354, and J. D. Hunt (D.), 270 for commissioner; S. J. Lathy (R.), 395, and J. H. Painter (D.), 232 for treasurer; William Clark (R.), 360, and W. B. Harlan (D.), 272 for auditor; Josiah Winans (R.) was elected coroner, and William Patterson (R.) received 356 votes, and George S. Siggins (D.), 280 for jury commissioner.
The elections of October, 1871, show 375 votes for W. P. Jenks (D.), candictate for president judge, 210 for J. B. Lawson (D.), candidate for assembly; T. D. Collins (R.) had 277 and W. C. Neill (D.), 195 votes for commissioner; T. B. Cobb (R.), 253, and James Flynn (D.), 219 votes for auditor. The judicial district embraced Forest, Jefferson and Clarion counties, and it may be said that Judge Jenks was elected without opposition. ,
In 1872 the presidential electors received, respectively, 360 Republican and 155 Democratic votes; C. B. Curtis (R.), 416, and Thomas L. Kane (D.), 356 for congress; David McClay (R.), 423, and Robert B. Brown (D.), 349 for senator; H. H. Mav (R.), 415, and J. B. Lawson (D.), 348 for assembly; T. J. Van Giesen (R.)."400, and D. W. Clark (D.), 365 for sheriff; J. B. Agnew (R.), 500, and James T. Rose (D.), 258 for prothonotary; Fred. Glassner (R.), 425, and P. O. Conver (D.), 330 for treasurer; John Thompson (R.), 435, and J. H. Bowman (D.), 334, for commissioner; Samuel D. Irwin (R.), 418, and John
D. Hunt (D.), 342 for surveyor; L. Warner (R.), 389, and Jonathan Albaugh (D.), 351 for auditor; G. W. Andrews (R.), 420, James E. Brown (D.), 379, John McMurry(R.), 323, and John Gillan (D.), 279, delegates to constitutional convention. For constitutional amendment. 689; contra, 2.
In 1873 F. B. Allison (R.) received 306 and Martin Williams (D.) 168 votes for assembly; James K. Clark (R.), 286, and S. C. Sloan (D.), 201 for commissioner; G. Jamieson (R.), 293, and James Gilfillan (D.), 196 for auditor; Samuel D. Irwin (R.), 302 for district attorney; M. Ittel, Jr. (R.), 248, and J.
E. Blaine (D.), 239 for coroner; William Patterson (R.), 290 and James Flynn (D.), 193 for jury commissioner.... The elections of 1874 show 357 votes for Joseph G. Dale (R.), and 329 for G. S. Siggins (D.), candidates for associate judge. Harry White (R.) received 335 and G. A. Jenks (D.), 363 votes for congress; J. B. Agnew (R.), 322, Josiah W. Winans (D.), 289, D. S. Knox (Ind.), 60, and Daniel Harrington (D.), 22 votes for assembly; S. J. Setley (R), 386, and J. D. Hunt (D.), 308 for treasurer; Eli Berlin (D.), 370 and W. B. Heath (R.), 317 for commissioner; T. B. Cobb(R.) was elected auditor, being opposed by J. P. Albaugh (D.)
In 1875 W. P. Finley (R.) received 348 votes, and Philip D. Thomas (D.),385 for senator; Edward Kerr (R.), 375, and William Tobey (D.). 356 for associate judge; D. W. Clark (D.), 373, and Thomas J. Van Giesen (R.), 364 for prothonotary; Justis Shawkey (R.), 396, and G. T. Latimer (D.), 334 for sheriff; John Reck(R.). 462, and Isaac Long (R.), 371, opposed Eli Berlin (D.), 354, elected by minority, and Gilbert Jamieson (R.), 307 for commissioners; N. Thompson (R.), 394, and J. R. Neill (D.), 382, defeated H. A. Zuendel (D.), 346, and Jacob Beck (D.), 333 in the contest for auditor's office; Homer Z. Towner (D.) and Lyman Cook (R.) were chosen jury commissioners, and Truman D. Collins (R.), surveyor. The elections of 1876 show 385 for Sebastian Wimmer (D.) and 464 for William Cameron (R.), presidential electors; G. A. Jenks (D.), received 393, and Harry White (R.), 457 votes for congress; Henry Wetter (R), 464, and W. L. Corbett (D.), 385 for senator; J. B. Agnew (R.), 409,* and S. H. Haslet (D.), 413 for assembly; Samuel D. Irwin (R.), 484 for district attorney, and W. C. Coburn (D.) a similar vote for coroner. P. V. Mercilliott was elected jury commissioner.
In 1877 William Lawrence (R.) received 353 votes, and Sam. F. Rohrer (D.), 226 for county treasurer. The elections of 1878 resulted as follows: Harry White (R.), 317, J. M. Guffey (D.), 262, James Mosgrove (G. B.),290, for congress; John G. Hall (D.), 269, Ed. M. Grant (R.), 317, and T. W.
*Mr. Agnew carried this election to the courts, alleging a miscount of eighteen votes in Tlonesta township, whence it was presented to the legislature, where on recount a majority of eighteen was found for the petitioner, and Mr. Agnew was given a certificate of election, and took his seat
Taylor (G. B.), 278 for senator; N. P. Wheeler (R.), 301, S. H. Haslet ID), 283, and D. S. Knox (G. B.). 278 for assembly; Justis Shawkey (R.), 407, D. . W. Clark (D.), 261, and F. E. Allison (G. B.) 198 for prothonotarv; C. A. Randall (R.), 330, James Swailes (D.), 298. and James Cole (G. B.), 236 for sheriff; Eli ,Berlin (D.), 308, Isaac Long (R.), 287, John H. White (G. B.), 281, H. W. Ledebur (R.), 362, F. A. Magee (G. B.), 254, and Asa Mills (D ), 225 for commissioners; N. Thompson (R.), 325, D. F. Copeland (D.) 324 and Jacob Beck (G. B.), 281, opposed by J. P. Albaugh (D.), 152, F. C. Lacy (G. B.), 336. J. C. James, 273 for auditor; C. A. Church (R ), 305, Peter Young (D.), 297, and J. H. Wentworth (G. B.), 257 for jury commissioners. There were 165 votes recorded for sheep law, and 452 against such law.
In 1879 Lewis Arner (R.) received 224, William Tobey (D ), 237, and John Beck (G. B.), 299 votes for associate judge; John Hunter (R.), 208, James E. Blaine (D.). 266, and J. G. Tietsworth (G. B.), 270 for coroner; J. H. Cook (R.), 280, D. W. Clark (D.), 172, and William Haslet (G. B.), 302 for surveyor; Samuel D. Irwin (R.), 284 for district attorney; James T. Maflitt. 370, Henry W. Wilson, 325, R. A. Brown, 1, and W. C. Coburn, 281, presidential electors in 1880.
Daniel Harrington writing on this election, tells the following story. "Dr. J. E. Blaine was the Democratic candidate for coroner last fall. Democrats and Republicans coalesced to elect him. The Greenbackers ran J. N. Tietsworth. Ed. Clapp, of President, met Blaine a short time before the election and said to him: 'I see you are a candidate' 'Yes, I am,' said the Doctor. 'You have a hard man to run against,' continued Clapp. 'Who is he?' asked Blaine. 'Tietsworth,' said Clapp. 'If he beats me, I will shoot myself,' said Blaine. After the returns came in it was found that Teitsworth had a majority of seven votes. A few days afterward Mr. Clapp came up to Tionesta, and some one asked him what he was after. He said he had come to attend Blaine's funeral. But the funeral didn't take place."
The electionsof 1880 show 370 votes for Garfield (R.), 325 for Hancock (D.), and 281 for Weaver (G. B.), candidates for president; 417 for W. D. Brown (R.), and 549 for R. Brown, fusion candidate for president judge; 391 for Harry White (R.), and 584 for James Mosgrove (F.), candidates for congress; E. L. Davis (R.) received 356, Orion Siggins(D.), 331,and J. G. Dale (G. B.), 287 for assembly; N. S. Foreman (R.), 359, Moses P. Flynn (D ), 326, and 6. W. Proper (G. B.), 290 for treasurer; A. Purdy (R.), 325, S. F. Rohrer (D.), 287, and Hill (G. B.). 353 for associate judge; F. F. Whittekin (R.) was elected surveyor, and H. Church( R.), coroner.
In 1881 Justus Shawkey (R.) received 398, John A. Hart (G. B.), 295, and John Peterson (D.), 254 for prothonotary; Henry W. Ledebur (R.), 375, James S. Henderson (R.), 389, G. F. Watson (D.), 239, E. Vokroth (G. B.), 243, H. A. Zuendel (D.), 340, and F. A. Magee (G. B.), 303 for commissioners; G. W. Warden (R.), 405, James A. Scott (R.), 386, James T. Rose (D. ), 220, Archie Black (D.), 226, R. B. Swalley (R.), 330 and C. F. Fox (D.), 324 for auditors; R. J. Hillard (R.), 376, W. Y. Siggins (D.), 235, J. J. Greenewalt (G. B.), 334 for jury commissioners; Capt. C. W. Clark (R.), 399, James
G. Carson (G. B.), 354 and J. S. Hood (D.), 191 for sheriff.
The elections of 1882 show 366 votes for Harry White (R.), and 543 for John D. Patton (D.), congressional candidates. Miles W. Tate (R.) received 386, and J. G. Hall (D.), 302 for senator; E. L. Davis (R.), 350, S.
H. Haslet (D.), 294, and W. C. Coburn (G. B.). 264 votes for assembly; T. J. VanGiesen (R.), 481, and T. F. Ritchey (D.), 326 for district attorney; H. O. Davis (R.), 405, and Archie Black (D.), 296 for jury commissioner.