Friday, March 13, 2020

FOLLOW UP FRIDAY ~ Did my great granduncle, Richard Lindsay, win that election I wrote about last month?

Last month I wrote about my paternal great granduncle, Richard Lindsay, receiving a sprig of heather from a family member in South Africa.  This was to wish him good luck in his bid to win an election to City Clerk in the City of Detroit.  You can read that post here ANCESTORS IN THE NEWS ~ Will a sprig of heather from South Africa bring victory to Richard Lindsay at the polls?

Did he win?  Yes!
Detroit Free Press, 7 Nov 1912, page 1

This article from the Detroit Free Press lists election results for Mayor and City Clerk of the City of Detroit.

(162 Precincts)
Lindsay (Rep)………………………….27,205
Nichols (Pro)…………………………..17,327
Henderson (Dem)……………………..16,029

Transcription of the last paragraph in the article:

Another surprise came in the “whopping” run of Lindsay, for clerk.  He led City Clerk Nichols by 10,000 and Henderson, Democratic by 11,009.  Nichols drew more than twice as many votes as Earle and yet was behind his victorious opponent by a figure almost as large as that by which Marx defeated Thompson in the mayoralty race. Thus doth the busy voter wield the ax.

Did that sprig of heather from South Africa play a part in Mr. Lindsay’s victory?  We’ll never know.

Richard was still the City Clerk when he was enumerated in the 1920 census.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or are related to anyone mentioned in this post.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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