nominated in a break-up on the third ballot, and Charles
H. Gere for regent of the University. George W. E. Dorsey
was chosen chairman of the state committee. There was an
open break at this time against Senator Van Wyck by the
regulars, including the State Journal. The
prohibition convention met at Lincoln, September 13, 1882.
Ex-Senator Thomas W. Tipton was a member of the committee on
resolutions. They declared in favor of the submission of a
prohibition amendment and against voting for any candidate
of either party who did not favor it. The democratic state
convention for 1882 was held at Omaha, September 14th. J.
Sterling Morton was nominated for governor; Jesse F. Warner
for lieutenant-governor; Charles J. Bowlby, secretary of
state; Phelps D. Sturdevant, treasurer; James C. Crawford,
attorney-general; Henry Grebe, commissioner of public lands
and buildings; C. A. Speice, superintendent of public
instruction; John M. Burks, regent of the State University.
The platform denounced the issue of free passes to public
officers and demanded legislation against it, and denounced
railroad interference with political conventions.
The republican ticket was successful again
as a matter of course. Dawes received 43,495 votes against
28,562 for J. Sterling Morton, although the latter ran about
2,000 votes ahead of the general ticket. Ingersoll, the
antimonopoly candidate, received 16,991 votes, and Phelps D.
Sturdevant, candidate for treasurer on the democratic and
antimonopoly tickets, was elected, receiving 46,132 votes
against 42,021 for Loren Clark, his republican opponent. It
seems probable that a generally successful combination of
progressives, such as that of 1894, might have been made,
though perhaps the Omaha Bee's aggressive opposition
to Clark caused his defeat. Successful insurgency then would
have hastened reform and avoided the revolutionary
radicalism caused by inconsistent delay. The woman suffrage
amendment was defeated by a large majority, the vote being
25,756 for and 50,693 against. In the first congressional
district, Archibald J. Weaver, republican, received 17,022
votes; John I. Redick, democrat, 12,690; ----- Gilbert,
antimonopolist, 3,707. In the second district, James Laird,
republican, received 12,983; S. V. Moore, antimonopolist,
10,012; Harman, democrat, 3,060. In the third district,
Edward K. Valentine, republican, 11,284; Moses K. Turner,
antimonopolist, 7,342; William H. Munger, democrat,
The tenth legislature convened in the
eighteenth session and the eighth regular session, January
2, 1883, and finally adjourned February 26th, the
forty-second day. Alfred N. Agee, lieutenant-governor, was
president of the senate, and Alexander H. Conner of Buffalo
county was temporary president. George M. Humphrey of Pawnee
county was speaker of the house of representatives. The
senate comprised fifteen republicans, eleven democrats, five
antimonoplists, one greenback, one
republican-antimonopolist. The house comprised fifty-two
republicans, twenty-nine democrats, eleven antimonopolists,
four republican-antimonopolists, one independent republican,
two independents, one greenback-antimonopolist. This
remarkable variation illustrated a somewhat blind rebellion
against the old party allegiance which was to assume
effective form seven years later.
On the first joint ballot for United
States senator Charles F. Manderson received 6 votes; Alvin
Saunders, 14; Alexander H. Conner, 6; J. Sterling Morton,
16; Joseph H. Millard, 13; John M. Thayer, 11; John C.
Cowin, 10; J. H. Stickel, 9; Charles H. Brown, 7; James W.
Savage, 5; James E. Boyd, 5. Cowin and Millard each
commanded one of the two republican votes of Douglas county.
Charles F. Manderson was elected on the seventeenth ballot,
receiving 75 votes against 17 cast for James E. Boyd,
democrat; 14 for J. Sterling Morton, democrat, 5 for Charles
H. Brown, democrat; 20 for J. H. Stickel, antimonopolist.
Stickel of Thayer county -- received all antimonopoly,
greenback, and independent votes except five. The democrats
who ought then to have been making hay, as the antimonopoly
or progressive sun was just beginning to shine, by
developing a consistent and persistent progressive policy,
blind to the signs of the times,