In Their Own Words
September 25, 1855
Politics Recorded in Journal
From Richmond County, Gertrude Thomas recorded a bit of Georgia election politics in her journal:
“I am alone with the baby this afternoon. Mr. Thomas has gone in town to hear Mr. [Robert] Toombs speak tonight. Election day is fast approaching and political excitement is running high. I today heard that Mr. Metcalf had offered to bet five thousand that Judge [Garnett] Andrews the know nothing candidate would beat Gov [Herschel] Johnson who is running against him… .” [Someone should have accepted Mr. Metcalf’s wager; Johnson won the election.]
Source: Virginia Ingraham Burr (ed.), The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), p. 134.