caster county; lieutenant-governor, Miles Zentmeyer of
Colfax; secretary of state, Joseph Ritchie of Madison;
treasurer, Samuel Waugh of Saline; auditor, G. P. Thomas of
Burt; attorney general, D. C. Ashby of Franklin;
superintendent of public instruction, J. M. Jones of
Washington; commissioner of public lands and buildings,
Henry Grebe of Douglas; for presidential electors, S. H.
Calhoun of Otoe, St. John Goodrich of Douglas, M. C. Keith
The greenback party held a convention,
composed of delegates from fifteen of the sixty counties, at
Lincoln on the 26th of September. L. 0. Barker was chairman
and W. H. Morris of Saline county, Allen Root of Douglas, J.
F. Gardner of Richardson, A. G. Wilson of Cass, Marvin
Warren of Jefferson, were the members of the committee on
resolutions, and J. F. Gardner was nominated for
The republican state convention met at
Lincoln, September 26th. Its procedure hinged mainly on the
senatorial succession, and the anti-Hitchcock faction
elected Turner M. Marquett temporary chairman over Charles
H. Gere -- who, being editor of a typical party organ of the
period was therefore ostensibly the friend of the incumbent
-- by a vote of 144 1/2 to 141 1/2. There was a long wrangle
over the temporary organization, two sets of delegates from
four of the counties contesting for seats; so that the
nomination of candidates did not begin until the third day.
After the composition of the convention had been determined,
Mr. Gere was chosen permanent chairman by acclamation. Up to
the opening day of the convention Crounse was looked upon as
the principal candidate for the nomination for member of
Congress to succeed himself; but he kept out of the contest
with the purpose of striving for the senatorship. There was
a large field of competitors, the first ballot yielding 88
votes for Frank Welch of Madison county, 74 for John C.
Cowin of Douglas, 36 for Charles A. Holmes of Johnson, 26
for Guy C. Barton of Lincoln, 24 for Leander Gerrard of
Platte, 15 for Champion S. Chase of Douglas. The nomination
of Welch on the fourth ballot was another anti-Hitchcock
incident. The withdrawal of Crounse was a misfortune for the
state and for himself, because he was far more capable than
his successor in the House and missed promotion to the
Claiming that the population of the state
was entitled to an additional member of the House, Thomas J.
Majors of Nemaha county, was nominated as a contingent
representative. By the census taken in the spring of 1876
the population was 257,749, which, though too far below the
lawful ratio to win another seat in the House, was near
enough to inspire ambitious politicians with hope that it
might do so, and Majors was renominated for the contingent
honor over William H. Ashby, who suffered the then great
disadvantage of having worn the losing colors in the
sectional war while the race of his competitor was expedited
by the fact that his colors had triumphed. The incumbent
executive officers were renominated. The nominations for the
offices created by the new constitution were, Othman A.
Abbott of Hall county, for lieutenant-governor; Professor S.
R. Thompson, then principal of the normal school at Peru,
for superintendent of public instruction; F. M. Davis of
Clay county, for commissioner of public lands and buildings;
George H. Roberts of Harlan county, for attorney-general.
The platform demanded that the Union Pacific railroad
company should make pro rata charges on the basis of its own
through tariff on all business originating on connecting
lines in Nebraska and without discrimination as to those
lines; and it asked the national House of Representatives to
admit an additional member from Nebraska on account of the
"great increase of population since 1870." The convention
was very stormy and very long, lasting five days.
The election was merely perfunctory, the
republicans winning with unhealthy ease -- as they continued
to do with increasing unhealthy effect upon the body politic
until the populist revolution, of 1890. Welch, republican
candidate for Congress, received 30,900 votes; Hollman,
democrat, 17,206; Warren, greenback, 3,580; for contingent
member, Majors, 31,467, Dech, 2,832. The greenback