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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Benjamin L. Fairchild's Congressional Campaign in 1894

I repeatedly have written about Benjamin L. Fairchild of Pelham who served as a member of Congress. See, e.g.:

Friday, December 7, 2007: Another Biography of Congressman Benjamin Fairchild of Pelham, a Founder of Pelham Heights.

Friday, April 22, 2005: Benjamin L. Fairchild of Pelham Heights -- A Notable Pelham Personage.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006: Another Biography of Benjamin L. Fairchild of Pelham Heights.

In 1894 Fairchild was elected to congress from the 16th district, embracing Westchester County and what was then the borough of the Bronx. As a member of the 54th congress, he served on the committees on patents, and coinage, weights, and measures.

Today's posting to the Historic Pelham Blog transcribes the text of an article that appeared in the October 25, 1894 issue of the New-York Tribune describing Fairchild's campaign for a Congressional seat. Additionally, below is an engraved image of Fairchild that appeared with the article.



The accounts of Ben L. Fairchild's hot campaign for Congress, in the XVIth District, give more hope daily that he will defeat his Democratic opponent. Mr. Fairchild is exceptionally popular in Westchester County. When he ran for delegate to the Constitutional Convention last year only thirteen votes were cast against him in the First Election District of the town of Pelham in which he lives. Yet in 1892 Cleveland got 110 votes there, and the district has always been safely Democratic. Mr. Fairchild's friends conceded William Ryan only three votes in that election district this year.

Mr. Fairchild is conducting a vigorous canvass. He speaks at least once every night, and on some evenings has made as many as four addresses in different parts of the county. The XXIX and XXXth Assembly districts of this city are also in the XVIth Congress District, and Mr. Fairchild will spend all of next week there making speeches. It is regarded as certain that his majority in Westchester County will not be less than 1,000; his hardest task will be in New-York City."
Source: Ben L. Fairchild's Campaign, New-York Tribune, Oct. 25, 1894, p. 9, col. 2.

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