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« on: July 26, 2018, 01:00:46 pm »

1791 Pennsylvania By-Election:


Benjamin Franklin's seat left open by his death

1.- Turn: This by-election campaign lasts for the third and fourth weeks of January, February and the first two weeks of March 1791, the outcome being released on the third week of March You will have exactly 48 hours to decide whether to stand and campaign for the various offices up for grabs, at which point the results will be announced - that means Satuday Afternoon). Bear in mind this is an At-Large seat, so there will be an election across the whole state of Pennsylvania.
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2018, 01:31:21 pm »

The honourable Mr. Richard Bache shall run for the Radical faction.
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2018, 02:24:33 pm »

The Western faction urges their supporters to reject any election of the "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" held in the State of Westsylvania, and to submit a ballot paper in this election marked with the name as State of Westsylvania, with a vote for Gen. McFarlane, Mr. Bradford, or Rev. Husband.
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2018, 09:52:56 pm »

The Tories will stand in this election, running on an economic-based message. Mr. John Jay will campaign heavily in and around the Philadelphia area while the National Assembly is not in session.
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2018, 10:12:31 pm »

Out of respect for the fallen Mr. Franklin, the Hamiltonians will not run a candidate.
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2018, 12:50:40 am »


Third Week of January - Mr. Bache spends time addressing the crowds of protesters against the Madison regime and supporters at the Franklin funeral. He assures that he will be as passionate a voice for Pennsylvania as the late Benjamin Franklin was, and that no other candidate truly will put Pennsylvania first. He also visits smaller towns in Philadelphia county, such as Northern Liberties.

Mr. Bache also solicits the assistance of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, and encourages all members of the society throughout the state to support his candidacy, promising to stand up to "creeping slaver power" through the United States.

Meanwhile, Sally Bache hosts the Philadelphia establishment at the Bache's Vandergriff residence, in Bucks County, and hopes to receive their support and influence for the Bache candidacy.

Fourth Week of January
- Mr. Bache tours Delaware and Montgomery counties. He addresses Quaker congregations in Concord and Darby, as well as civic meetings in Dublin, Abington, and Horsham. He attacks the Tories for their desire to bring monarchy back to the United States, and derides them as seeking to end the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's existence and its complete and total domination by the federal government and the oppressive Madison dictatorship.

Sally Bache entertains Mr. Samuel Rowland Fisher at the Vandergriff residence, and urges him to back her husband, and use his influence to bring more Quakers to support the candidacy.

First Week of February - Mr. Bache continues on his tour of Pennsylvania, heading west to Chester and Lancaster counties, campaigning on the preservation of the memory and honor of Pennsylvania's fallen heroes, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Mifflin, as well as the fallen who had fought to keep Pennsylvania whole. He explains that he will continue to fight for those same values that Franklin did in Philadelphia, and that he will "not let the Tyrant Madison get away with cutting up our Commonwealth unscathed."

Sally Bache calls for a meeting of the Ladies' Association of Philadelphia, who collectively work to plaster the city of Pennsylvania in signs encouraging residents to vote for Richard Bache.

Second Week of February - Mr. Bache continues on to Dauphine and Berks counties, stopping to address crowds in Harrisburg, Bethel, and Reading. He declares that the Radicals will continue to ensure that free labour and free religion thrive in Pennsylvania, as well as a guarantee to protect the current expansion of suffrage in the Commonwealth. He also reminds them of his experience serving on the Board of War during the Revolution and as Postmaster General of the United States.

Third Week of February - Mr. Bache visits Lehigh, Bethlehem, and Stroudsburg in Northampton County, messaging that no other party can protect the Commonwealth from attacks by the Federal Government.

Fourth Week of February - Mr. Bache visits the reaches of Luzerne and Northumberland counties, reminding them of the treachery of the Western faction, and how they and their allies cannot be trusted.

First Week of March - Mr. Bache returns to Philadelphia and addressed crowds in the city. He also promises that he will try to work against laws trying to move the capital, claiming that any faction in support of such action is attempting to weaken the status and power of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and that as such, they cannot be trusted with leadership.

Second Week of March - After once again soliciting the votes of the Philadelphians, Bache sets off for York, York County; Chambersburg, Franklin County; and Carlise, Cumberland County, urging the residents of these counties for their votes and support, and promising to ensure they shall remain a part of Pennsylvania, unmolested by the federal government.
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2018, 01:17:30 pm »

Campaign closed, results in the afternoon.
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2018, 12:15:02 pm »

1791 BY-ELECTIONS

FINAL RESULTS:


NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:

Hamiltonian: 17
Democratic Republican: 14
Patriot: 11 (one unable to enter Pennsylvania)
Whig: 11
Western: 9
Radical: 2 (+1)
Tory: 2
Independent: 1

Government Majority: +2 (34 out of 66 seats currently filled)

OVERVIEW:

Brought the death of Benjamin Franklin - one of the political titans of his era -, the Pennsylvania by-election in March featured many prospective candidates sitting out the election in respect of Mr. Franklin of believing there was little chance of success. As a result, Franklin's heir Mr. Richard Bache only faced a candidate for the Tory faction as the nominally anti-Radical standard-bearer, and a protest effort across Westsylvania with symbolic votes for the Triumvirate. The campaign itself was only strongly contested by Mr. Bache, who toured Pennsylvania invoking his father in law's legacy to great effect, the Tories focusing on the economy (a secondary concern for most given the secession crisis) and sending their leader to campaign in the area. In the end, and despite a respectable showing by the Tory candidate (31%), Bache was elected At-Large deputy with over 69% of the vote without accounting for the invalid votes across Westsylvania.
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