Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
||The Henry B. Card Letter and
|Letter 1867. Jerome Potter to Henry B. Card
|Township: Middlebury and Sullivan in Tioga
|Transcribed by Joyce M. Tice
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Following is the first of what will be many transcribed letters from
the files of Henry B. Card of Sullivan township. H. B. held offices in
Sullivan Township and also served as Tioga county treasurer during the
Civil War 1864-1865. He was what we would call "a mover and a shaker" in
the world of local politics in his era. Politics, at least at the local
level, was very different in those days. No massive marketing budgets,
no staff of promotional consultants, politicing was done face to face by
the good old boys who then went out and "talked it about'' among their
neighbors. This letter, like so many other scraps in the Card files, gives
us a little insight into a past era.
Mid. Center, May 9, 67
H. B. Card, Esq.
I presume that you have heard ere this that I am a candidate for the
office of sheriff as it has been talked some for the past few weeks.
At the present stage of the contest it would seem that J. M. Phelps
would be my chief competition. I have heard that Isaac Squires and Lafayette
Gray are both talking of being candidates. Is there anything in it? Do
you understand that either of them will come up? If not I would like very
much to know how you would stand as between Phelps and myself - if you
do not deem the question impertinent - and as to what could be my prospects
in your town.
Of course I would expect him to carry it as he is much better known
probably than I am in his own part of the county.
Our mutual political friend Donaldson will oppose me, but I offset
Shff Tabor against him. The Shff will help me all he can. Don. Will no
doubt go in for Phelps.
The soldiers generally are my friends. We will be over to court I presume
- then I will see you. But I shall hope to hear from you by letter as soon
Truly yours, J B. Potter
My address is Middlebury Centre.
Jerome B. Potter did indeed win in the election of 1867
and became Tioga County Sherriff serving from 1867 until 1870 when he was
replaced by E. A. Fsh of Sullivan Township. - See Officer
Listing 1877 or Officer Listing
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