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By Mount Vernon News
May 30, 2013 12:16 pm EDT

 

This item was published in the May 30, 1863, Democratic Banner: “The Pennsylvania papers give prominence to a rumor, founded on a statement of Mr. Barclay, that the rebels are making preparations for a grand raid into Maryland and Pennsylvania. This rumor, whether well or ill founded, has induced the governor of Pennsylvania he immediate organization and arming of the militia of that state, to be in readiness for any emergency.”

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Candidate stays out

Hugh Judge Jewett of Zanesville, the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor in 1861, removed himself from the 1863 race.

The Zanesville Aurora reported, in a story published in the Banner on May 30, that Jewett was removing himself from consideration for the nomination because of “business interests and relations of the Central Ohio Railroad, of which he has for several years been President and manager.”

He said that he had not wanted the nomination, but would accept it if the convention turned to him, but now felt he could not neglect his railroad duties.

You have to wonder if Jewett, usually listed as a “war Democrat” saw Clement Vallandigham as the inevitable nominee, or maybe he felt no Democrat would have a chance against the coalition candidate in the fall, or whether a platform dictated by the “Peace” Democrats would be too extreme for him to run on.

However, he was not through with politics, running unsuccessfully for one of Ohio’s U.S Senate seats later in 1863. Then, after the war, serving two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives and a term in the U.S. Congress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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