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Reflection on the Victory of John W. Geary Over the White Supremacist Heister Clymer

| September 27, 2016

An editorial from the Harrisburg Telegraph, 15 October 1866, on the election of John W. Geary as Governor of Pennsylvania, over the avowed white supremacist Hiester Clymer: THE GOVERNOR ELECT There has never been a man elected Governor of Pennsylvania who as fairly earned the position as has John W. Geary.  We do not pretend […]

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 – The Defeat of a White Supremacist

| September 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 pitted a Union General and war hero, John W. Geary, against a avowed racist and white supremacist, Heister Clymer.  Geary headed the Republican or Union ticket and Clymer headed the Democratic or Copperhead ticket. Unlike the Presidential Election of 1860, official vote totals by townships and boroughs were available […]

Anton Haake – 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry – Not Recognized on Lykens Monument

| July 22, 2016

On 24 October 1864, Anthony “Anton” Haake, aged about 34, enrolled at Harrisburg in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company D, as a Private.  He was honorably discharged on 18 July 1865, and the record shows that he returned to his home in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The return to Lykens is known because when he […]

Heister Clymer – White Supremacist Candidate for Governor, 1866

| April 26, 2016

Hiester Clymer (1827- 12 June 1884), a member of the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, was a State Senator who was opposed to Lincoln and his prosecution of the Civil War.  In 1866 he ran for Governor and strongly espoused white supremacist policies. His opponent was Union General John W. Geary. According to Heister Clymer’s Wikipedia […]

The Ku Klux Klan in Pennsylvania – Some Sources of Information

| March 14, 2016

This post will identify and review two readily-available print sources of information on the Ku Klan Klan in Pennsylvania in the 20th Century.  This 20th Century iteration of the Klan was a re-incarnation of the first Klan that came about after the Civil War to deny rights to Freedmen by using terror and intimidation.  From […]