crat, but they were overwhelmingly overruled. At the
election of 1880 Valentine, republican candidate for member
of Congress, received 52,647 votes; James E. North,
democratic candidate, 23,634; Allen Root, greenback, 4,059.
For governor, Nance, republican, received 55,237; Tipton,
democrat or fusion, 28,167; 0. T. B. Williams, greenback,
3,898. Thomas J. Majors, candidate for contingent member of
Congress, had no opposition and received 52,985. The
republican candidates for district attorney in all of the
six districts were elected. It was a republican clean sweep
of about two to one.
The ninth legislature convened in the
sixteenth session and the seventh regular session January 4,
1881, and finally adjourned February 26th, the fortieth day
of the session. By a provision of the new constitution the
house of representatives comprised eighty-four members and
the senate thirty until the year 1880, when the legislature
was authorized to fix the number, which should not exceed
one hundred in the house and thirty-three in the senate.
The, senate comprised twenty-seven republicans and three
democrats, the latter being John D. Howe and George W. Doane
of Douglas county and Thomas Graham of Seward. Edmund C.
Carns, lieutenant-governor, was president of the senate, and
John B. Dinsmore of Clay, temporary president. The members
of the house comprised seventy-five republicans, eight
democrats, and one independent. H. H. Shedd, of Saunders
county, was speaker. The legislature at this session adopted
the maximum number for each house.
The struggle for the United States
senatorship, though significant, was not sanguinary like the
last against Hitchcock; but it was like the last in having
the field, including the Bee, against the incumbent.
While Beatrice was Senator Paddock's actual or nominal
residence, he was for business and political purposes
regarded as the son of Omaha, and so as a Union Pacific
rather than a Burlington man; Van Wyck, according to his
territorial location, was counted pro-Burlington.
Notwithstanding that the Burlington had become more
important and politically stronger since the last senatorial
election when the Journal favored Hitchcock, yet its
interest and habit lay in the support of the powers that
were, so it mildly upheld Paddock. Evidently the South
Platte organ did not then apprehend what an anti-monopoly
archangel was being entertained unawares in Van Wyck. The
first joint ballot yielded Paddock, 39; Archibald J. Weaver
of Richardson county, 15; Van Wyck, 13; judge Elmer S. Dundy
of Richardson, 12; Oliver P. Mason of Lancaster, 9; George
W. Post of York, 8; John F. Kinney of Otoe, democrat, 8.
There was no material change in the result of the ballots
until the seventeenth, by which Van Wyck was elected with 68
votes, Paddock holding 36, Kinney 4, and 4 going to Governor
Albinus Nance. The total membership of the legislature was
114 -- the senate containing 30 members, the house 84 -- and
112 voted, so that 57 were necessary to a choice.
Sixty-three of Van Wyck's supporters were republicans, so he
was not dependent for success upon the four democrats and
one independent who voted for him on the last ballot. Franse
of Cuming and Lehman of Platte voted for Paddock on the last
ballot. The contest being the usual Nebraska spectacle of
the field against the incumbent, Van Wyck, partially because
he was the most positive political figure of the field, and
partially because he was in closest touch with the incipient
insurgency of the time, was the most practicable instrument
for the main operation. Besides, Burlington politics had the
advantage of Union Pacific in its more homespun quality.
This was victory number two for the Bee.
Van Wyck brought ripe political experience
to his highest office. He was a member of the House of
Representatives from the tenth district of New York in the
35th, 36th, 40th, and 41st congresses -- from 1859 to 1863,
and from 1869 to 1871. He came to Nebraska in 1874 and
settled in Otoe county as a putative farmer. He at once
plunged into politics in the new field, and was a member of
the constitutional convention of 1875, and of the state
senates of 1877 and 1879. He did not long survive his
political end, dying at Washington October 24, 1895. He was
at least the most conspicuous, and one of the most