Washington County Anti-Know Nothing Ticket, 1855

AntiKnowNothingTicket.jpg

Title

Washington County Anti-Know Nothing Ticket, 1855

Description

Ticket listing candidates for Washington County positions running on the Anti-Know Nothing Ticket. The Know Nothing party was a nativist, anti-immigrant national party. Also known as the American party, the group earned its nickname because its members operated under an oath of secrecy. Very few Know-Nothing candidates ascended to statewide office in Vermont, but they did form powerful coalitions with the newly formed Republican party. Running in opposition to the anti-immigrant sentiment and the secrecy of the Know-Nothings, a group of Washington County citizens convened at the Montpelier Court House on August 18, 1855 to nominate their own slate of candidates (Senators, Side Judges, Judge of Probate, State's Attorney, Sherriff, and High Bailiff) for the upcoming state and local election. This ticket also shows the group's endorsement of the Democratic candidates for statewide offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Treasurer.

Date

1855

Source

Small Bside / Political elections - 1854

Extent

1 broadside ; 14 x 7 cm

Identifier

AntiKnowNothingTicket.jpg

Format

jpeg

Original Format

Citation

“Washington County Anti-Know Nothing Ticket, 1855,” Digital Vermont: A Project of the Vermont Historical Society, accessed July 1, 2022, https://digitalvermont.org/items/show/2011.