While Lizzie was cooling her heels in Taunton jail, candidates Harrison and Cleveland, (republican and democrat nominees elected on the first ballot) were coming down the home stretch to election day. The election campaign was dominated by the issue of tariffs with Cleveland running against the increase in tariffs that Harrison had brought about. There was no campaigning by either candidate. Harrison’s wife was gravely ill and he did not even hold porch speeches. Cleveland, out of deference to Harrison did not either. Imagine THAT today!
Cleveland won the election with nearly 75% pf eligible voters going to the polls.
Lizzie lived during the terms of the 15 presidents listed below, Lincoln, Garfield ( for whom Andrew Borden’s patent medicine tea was named), and McKinley (last Civil War vet to be elected) were all assassinated. In August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution became law, and women could vote in the fall elections, including in the Presidential election. Lizzie could have voted in 1920 for:
|Warren G. Harding18
James M. Cox
Eugene V. Debs
or in 1924 for
John W. Davis
Robert M. LaFollette
She would die before the 1928 elections when Herbert Hoover took office.
Ulysees S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
Chester A. Arthur
Maybe Mr. Terry drove Lizzie to the polls!