The Facts of Reconstruction eBook

John R. Lynch
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General James L. Alcorn, who had been a general in the Confederate Army and who had recently openly identified himself with the Republican party, was nominated by the Republicans for the office of Governor of the State.  Of the other six men who were associated with him on the state ticket, only the candidate for Secretary of the State, the Reverend James Lynch,—­an able and eloquent minister of the Methodist Church,—­was a colored man.  Lynch was a man of fine ability, of splendid education, and one of the most powerful and convincing orators that the Republicans had upon the stump in that campaign.  He was known and recognized as such an able and brilliant speaker that his services were in great demand from the beginning to the end of the campaign.  No Democratic orator, however able, was anxious to meet him in joint debate.  He died suddenly the latter part of 1872.  His death was a great loss to the State and to the Republican party and especially to the colored race.

Of the other five candidates on the ticket two,—­the candidates for State Treasurer and Attorney General,—­were, like General Alcorn, Southern white men.  The candidate for State Treasurer, Hon. W.H.  Vasser, was a successful business man who lived in the northern part of the State, while the candidate for Attorney General, Hon. Joshua S. Morris, was a brilliant member of the bar who lived in the southern part of the State.  The other three, the candidates for Lieutenant-Governor, State Auditor and Superintendent of Education, were Northern men who had settled in the State after the War, called by the Democrats, “Carpet Baggers,” but they were admitted to be clean and good men who had lived in the State long enough to become fully identified with its industrial and business interests.  H.C.  Powers, the candidate for Lieutenant-Governor, and H. Musgrove, the candidate for Auditor of Public Accounts, were successful cotton planters from Noxubee and Clarke counties respectively; while H.R.  Pease, the candidate for State Superintendent of Education, had been identified with educational work ever since he came to the State.  It could not be denied that it was a strong and able ticket,—­one that the Democrats would find it very difficult to defeat.  In desperation the Democratic party had nominated as their candidate for Governor a brother-in-law of President Grant’s, Judge Lewis Dent, in the hope that the President would throw the weight of his influence and the active support of his administration on the side of his relative, as against the candidate of his own party, especially in view of the fact that Dent had been nominated not as a Democrat but as an Independent Republican,—­his candidacy simply having been indorsed by the Democratic organization.  But in this they were disappointed, for if the President gave any indication of preference it was in favor of the Republican ticket.  General Ames, for instance, was the Military Governor of the State, holding that position at the pleasure of the President; and Ames

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