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The Election article poublished in the Greenfield Gazette and Mercury newspaper

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The towns in Franklin County, Massachusetts, voted for Whig candidate William Henry Harrison in the 1840 Presidential Election. The Greenfield "Gazette and Mercury" was blatantly in favor of Harrison and seems to gloat with the observation that "The Buckeye [Ohio] have hardly left enough of locofocoism in that state to serve for seed another year." The Locofocos were a radical wing of the Democratic Party. The statement is not quite correct since Harrison carried Ohio with only 54.3% of the popular vote. He carried the whole country with 53% of the popular vote but won with a landslide in the electoral college with 234 votes to Van Buren's 60 votes.


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