Weekly Panola Star clipping

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The Radical Convention.


[From the Grenada Sentinel.]

The Radical convention to nominate a candidate for Congress to represent the second district met here last Thursday. It was called to order by Hon. Marion Campbell, of DeSoto, and organized by electing C. M. Bowles, colored, of Bolivar, as temporary chairman, and Sheriff Johnson, of Sunflower, as temporary secretary.


On reassembling, the committee on credentials reported Avery, of Tallahatchie, for permanent president, and Sheriff Johnson for permanent secretary. The ballot then began, the contest being between Howe, of Panola, Harris, of DeSoto, and Gill, of Marshall. After many unsuccessful votes to elect and to adjourn, and to do many other things, the convention, tired out and bored to death, finally, after midnight, succeeded in carrying an adjournment to Friday morning.

After eighteen or nineteen ballots Gill was withdrawn, and a colored man named Hill, from Marshall county, was put in nomination. He only carried Gill's strength, and the convention again adjourned for fifteen minutes.

After several well managed skirmishes, in which the negroes got the worse, on the twenty-fourth ballot, A. R. Howe, of Panola county, received twenty-eight votes, being six more than necessary, and he was declared duly nominated. James Hill, of Marshall, was next nominated by acclamation elector of the second district. Resolutions of many kinds were passed, and the convention shortly afterwards adjourned to the several whisky shops and individually got very happy.




Weekly Panola Star, “Weekly Panola Star clipping,” Mississippi State University Libraries, accessed September 30, 2023, http://msstate-exhibits.libraryhost.com/items/show/236.

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