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Collection Name Politics Collection
Title Citizens Arouse!
Date November 8, 1888
Description This is an individual item contained within archival collection MS241.

Handbill printed on paper. Inscription: "CITIZENS AROUSE! / After having carefully examined the election returns / now in the County Clerks Office, with the assistance of Coun- / sellor Lot C. Alston, I find that the returns from the Third / District in Southfield signed by the Inspectors, EDWARD / D. VAUGHN, ANDREW DOWNEY and M.J. WALKER, and the / returns from the Third District of Middletown signed by / Inspectors, DANIEL McTARSNEY, ISAAC T. BERTINE and JAMES / F. SULLIVAN, / Show Erasures and appear to be largely Changed / so as to give MICHAEL CAHILL, Democratic Candidate for / Sheriff, ONE HUNDRED MORE VOTES in each instance THAN HE / IS ENTITLED TO, thereby defeating JOHN H. ELLSWORTH Repub- / lican Candidate for Sheriff, by a small majority. It is my opinion / THAT MR. ELLSWORTH IS ELECTED BY A LARGE MAJORITY. / I call upon good Citizens of all parties to person- / ally wait upon Messrs Bechtel and Marsh, Supervisors of / the Towns mentioned, and appeal to them to see to it that / the will of the people be not thwarted by fraud committed in / their towns. Will you do it? / READ BENEDICT. / Richmond County, N.Y., Nov. 8, '88."

(Keywords: New York)


Biography and History Articles in the New York Times and other local newspapers in the late 1800s suggest that claims of voting irregularities were not uncommon in Staten Island elections. This handbill, dated November 8, 1888, states that fraudulent voting practices, in the form of altered ballots, led to the election of Michael Cahill over John H. Ellsworth as Sheriff of Richmond County. In the end, Ellsworth won the election and served as Sheriff from 1889 through 1891.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.
Physical Extent 10.5" H. x 7.750" W.
Acquisition From Mrs. Jacob A. Sharrott (Mabel Florence Post Sharrott)
Catalog Number 36.017.0002
Object Name Handbill
Archival Description Level Item
Parent Record MS241.000
Subjects Political elections
Earliest Date 1888.0
Latest Date 1888.0
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Ellsworth, John H.
Benedict, Read
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Great Kills Woman's Club, August 2017.