Category Archives: Democrats

Hanover Democrats celebrated victory graciously

Politics could be rough in the past, but the Hanover Democrats were pretty civil in celebrating the party’s win in the November 1882 Pennsylvania election for Governor. Here is the story from the November 28, 1882 York Dispatch, picked up … Continue reading

Posted in 1880s, 1890s, 1930s, 1950s, celebrations, Democrats, elections, Hanover, Heidelberg Twp., industry, Penn Township, politics, Republicans, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hanover Democrats celebrated victory graciously

York newspaper editor defends his honor

Newspapers of the past were strongly partisan. Henry F. Thomas, Editor and Proprietor of York’s People’s Advocate plainly showed his Whig colors. He published very few favorable things to say about the Democrats, referring to them as Locofocos, a rather … Continue reading

Posted in 1850s, Democrats, newspapers, politics, Universal York, Whigs, York County | Comments Off on York newspaper editor defends his honor

York County newspapers have different views of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

If you think news coverage is slanted and Democrats and Republicans are at odds today, you should have been around during the Civil War. My recent York Sunday News column below compares the coverage given the speakers at the November … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, 1960s, Adams County, cemeteries, Civil War, Democrats, Gettysburg, newspapers, politics, Republicans, soldiers, Universal York, Virginia, York County | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on York County newspapers have different views of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Civil War newspapers fan the flames of partisanship

Passions were running high that spring and summer of 1863. The York Gazette was strongly Democratic in politics, very anti-abolitionist and anti-Lincoln. The destruction by a mob of another Democratic paper in Pennsylvania, the Huntingdon Monitor, didn’t intimidate the Gazette … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, Cumberland County, Democrats, Huntingdon County, newspapers, politics, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Civil War newspapers fan the flames of partisanship

York Gazette claims partisan politics reason for Civil War era arrests

What else was going on in York County in June 1863? Animosity was not limited to the battlefield. Here is another item from the June 2 Democratic paper, the York Gazette: Illegal Arrests in York County S. G. Hildenbrand, a … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, Democrats, Heidelberg Twp., newspapers, politics, Universal York, Windsor Township, York County | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on York Gazette claims partisan politics reason for Civil War era arrests

York County Civil War news–May 1863

In one month we will be observing the 150th anniversary of some of York County’s darkest days, the occupation of our area by Confederate troops. It was bad enough, with the loss of the bridge across the Susquehanna at Wrightsville; … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, Confederate invasion, Democrats, Gettysburg, soldiers, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on York County Civil War news–May 1863

York Newspaper Contributors Had to Meet Editor’s Standards

Newspapers were the only media outlet in the 19th century and politics often had the most extensive coverage. Even though some papers in the 19th century claimed to be unbiased in theie coverage, most were not. They were emphatic in … Continue reading

Posted in 1840s, advertising, authors, Democrats, education, German language, journalism, newspapers, politics, Universal York, Whigs, York County | Comments Off on York Newspaper Contributors Had to Meet Editor’s Standards

York Democratic Press True to Democratic Party

Democratic Press Logo The York Democratic Press of 1841 was very Democratic, in the political sense of the word. The newspaper was extremely true to the Democratic Party, as you can tell by the way it listed candidates for the … Continue reading

Posted in 1830s, 1840s, Democrats, politics, recession, Universal York | Comments Off on York Democratic Press True to Democratic Party

100 Men with Torches at Red Lion

One hundred twenty-five years ago people were a lot more passionate about their politics. A November 1882 Gazette article recounts a “DEMOCRATIC DEMONSTRATION AT RED LION.” Imagine the following spectacle today:

Posted in Democrats, German language, history, men, organizations, parades, people, politics, Red Lion, Universal York | Comments Off on 100 Men with Torches at Red Lion