The city of Harrisburg was a hotbed of political activity as the 1840 presidential election approached.
Pennsylvania’s capital witnessed the “Buckshot War” in 1838 when rival factions descended on the statehouse to contest disputed results in legislative elections that would decide whether Democrat David R. Porter or Anti-Mason incumbent Joseph Ritner would be certified the next governor. The militia was called out to keep order and Porter was confirmed the winner of the close gubernatorial election. (see May 17, 2011 post)
The Whig Party held a presidential nominating convention in December 1839 in Harrisburg to pick War of 1812 hero Gen. William Henry Harrison and John Tyler as the party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees. READ MORE »