1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties
Chicago
Published by: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
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Mason County

Politics Of Mason County
Page 487

For many years, the political preponderance in the county was so evenly balanced between Whigs and Democrats that the personal popularity of the candidate usually determined the result, and it may be said that the same condition still continues, as the present county offices are filled by five Democrats and four Republicans.

At the first Presidential election, after the organization of Mason County, the great American statesman, Henry Clay, carried the county by one vote, over James K. Polk. From that time down to 1872, the Democratic majorities for President ranged from twelve to ninety-eight. At the last two elections, the majority has been largely increased.

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