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1865 August 5: Union Convention for the 1865 Elections Include Soldier Delegates

August 7, 2015

Despite the Civil War being over, the idea of a “Union” political party hangs on.  The “Union State Convention” article appeared in both The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal on August 5, 1865.  In addition, both newspapers included a notice of their District Convention, and the Journal included a notice of the Pierce County convention.

UNION STATE CONVENTION.

A Union State Convention will be held at the Capitol, in Madison, on Wednesday, the 6th day of September next, at 12 o’clock M. for the purpose of nominating candidates for the several State offices to be elected at the next general election, and of transacting such other business as may be deemed for the public interest.

Each Senate and each Assembly District of the State, will be entitled to two delegates in such Convention.  Each regiment of Wisconsin troops, remaining in the service at that date,¹ will also be entitled to representation in the convention, as follows :  if containing not more than 500 men rank and file, one delegate ;  if more than that number, two delegates.

All voters who are in favor of maintaining a faithful and economical management of our State affairs, and of sustaining the National Government in effecting such an early and permanent settlement of our national difficulties as will secure harmony between the different sections of the country—establish liberty—assure justice—restore order, and prosperity, are invited, without regard to former political associations, to unite in electing delegates to the aforesaid convention.

HORACE RUBLEE, Ch’n,
J. ALLEN BARBER,
WM. C. ALLEN,
C. O. SHOLES,
G. W. HAZLETON,
H. D. BARRON,
WM. A. LAWRENCE,
A. G. KNIGHT,
ALLEN WORDEN,
.            .Union State Com.

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UNION ASSEMBLY DISTRICT CONVENTION.

A Union Convention for the Assembly District comprising the organized counties of Ashland, Burnett, Douglas, La Pointe, and Polk will be held at the Court House in the village of Osceola, on Saturday the 26th day of August, 1865, at 2 o’clock P. M., for the purpose of electing two delegates to represent said Assembly District, in the Union State Convention, to be held at Madison on the 6th day of September, 1865.  Counties will be entitled to delegates in the Convention as follows :—Ashland 2; Burnett, 1; La Pointe, 2; Douglas 3; Polk 6.

.                 .SAM. S. FIFIELD, Jr.
Ch’n Union As’bly Dist. Committee.

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Union Assembly District Convention.

A Union Convention for the District comprising Pierce and St. Croix counties, will be held at River Falls, on Saturday, Aug. 26th, at one o’clock P. M., for the purpose of electing one Senatorial and two Assembly delegates to the Union State Convention, to be held at Madison on the fifth of September next.  Each county will be entitled to six delegates in the Convention.

LUTE A. TAYLOR,
Ch’n Assembly Dis’t Committee.

Prescott, Aug. 2, 1865.

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Union County Convention.

A Union Convention of the County of Pierce, will be held at Ellsworth, on Wednesday, Aug. 24 [sic],² at one o’clock P. M., for the purpose of electing six delegates to the Assembly District Convention to be held at River Falls, Aug. 26th.  Each town will be entitled to the usual number of delegates.

LUTE A. TAYLOR,
FRANKLIN OTIS,
OSBORN STRAHL.
Union County Committee.

Prescott, Aug. 2, 1865.

 1.  One such regiment was the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry, which included the Hudson City Guards as Company G.
2.  In 1865, that Wednesday was the 23rd.

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