"The County Election," 1854

Summary

Reforms in most states expanded the American electorate in the mid-nineteenth century. By 1840, nearly 80 percent of adult white males headed eagerly to the polls. Election day could be an unruly affair, with candidates and campaigners soliciting support at polling locations. Votes were often cast by voice or paper ballot and recorded -- in public -- by local officials.

Reforms in most states expanded the American electorate in the mid-nineteenth century. By 1840, nearly 80 percent of adult white males headed eagerly to the polls. Election day could be an unruly affair, with candidates and campaigners soliciting support at polling locations. Votes were often cast by voice or paper ballot and recorded -- in public -- by local officials.

Artifact

Print (Visual work)

Date Made

1854

Subject Date

1850-1854

Creators

Bingham, George Caleb, 1811-1879 

Sartain, John, 1808-1897 

Goupil & Cie 

Jas. Irwin 

Creator Notes

Original painting by George Caleb Bingham. This engraving by John Sartrain was published by Goupil & Cie, 1854.

Collection Title

Print Collection 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

59.142.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Engraving (Printing process)
Hand coloring

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 37.5 in

Width: 30 in

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