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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Village Elections in Pelham in 1904 - Only Nine Votes Cast for President of Village of Pelham

In 1904, the Town of Pelham included three villages: the Village of Pelham, the Village of North Pelham and the Village of Pelham Manor. The Village of Pelham, known today as the neighborhood of Pelham Heights, was then the smallest village in the State of New York. During Village elections that year, only nine votes were cast for the position of President (i.e., Mayor) of the Village of Pelham. A brief article on Westchester County election results that appeared in the March 16, 1904 issue of The Sun recounted results in the Pelhams.



Larchmont Elects K. L. Hopkins Mayor Over W. C. Figner.

MOUNT VERNON, March 15. -- Eight of the villages in Westchester county held annual elections to-day. In Larchmont, North Tarrytown and North Pelham, where party lines were drawn, the Republicans won easy victories. Larchmont elected K. L. Hopkins, the Republican candidate for President, by 122 votes over W. C. Figner, a Southern Democrat.

In North Pelham, William Edinger, Republican, was reelected President over his Democratic opponent, Dr. Barker, by 29 votes, and in North Tarrytown, Samuel Horton, the Republican candidate won over his Democratic opponent, James Lann. The issue in North Tarrytown was on the purchase of waterworks.

Frederick W. Allen, a lawyer and clubman, was elected President of Pelham Manor on a fusion ticket, and H. D. Lent, another fusionist, carried Tuckahoe. Henceforth, it is announced, the lid will be on in Tuckahoe and there will be less gambling and cock fighting. In Pelham, which is the smallest village in the State, A. M. Searles was elected President. Only nine votes were cast and he got them all."

Source: Westchester Republicans Win, The Sun, Mar. 16, 1904, p. 3, col. 2.

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