1872 Comstock, Michigan Election Results

1872 Township of Comstock, Michigan Election Results

Among all the other papers that my ancestors saved were the below-pictured Republican and Democrat Tickets for the 1872 election for Comstock political positions.

1872 Election Tickets

According to the History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers, Philadelphia: Everts & Abbott, 1880, the following lists the winners of the Comstock offices:

For Supervisor, Isaac Mason; For Township Clerk, Anson D. P. Van Buren; For Treasurer, William W. Baldwin; For Justice of the Peace, John M. Lay and Edward Chadwick; For Commissioner of Highways, Calvin B. Mitchell; For School Inspector, David B. Hull; and For Constables, Abel Hoag, William O. Towsley, James B. Flanders and Eli H[enry] Anderson.

The Republicans won all slots with the exception of Justice of the Peace.

The election took place on November 5, 1872, which was also the Presidential election between Ulysses S. Grant and Horace Greeley. Grant decisively won re-election, carrying 31 of the 37 states. Horace Greeley, who was devastated by the death of his wife five days before the election, died himself three weeks later, on November 29, 1872, after the popular vote was counted, but before the Electoral College cast its votes. As a result, electors previously committed to Greeley voted for four different candidates for president and eight different candidates for vice president.

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