The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 446
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Bartholomew 1,o68 1,035 13 1,167 1,011 28
Brown 432 59 o 503 70 0
Clark 1,417 1,132 o 1,510 1,200 28
Dearborn 1,971 1,616 51 1,801 1,378 176
Jefferson 1,427 1,835 50 1,6o09 2,075 167
Johnson 1,150 659 15 1,114 676 46
Monroe 1,118 721 12 1,084 780 59
Shelby 1,342 1,107 7 1,414 1,122 18
Switzerland 1,oo6 961 8 1,1o6 1,093 44
Totals 29,940 26,361 263 30,984 27,721 1,427
As can be seen from the chart, the controversy does not seem to
have influenced appreciably the voting patterns in the "volunteer"
counties. Nine of the counties went Whig in 1844; eight did in 1848.
Of the nine counties that comprised the Second Regiment, where
public opinion should have manifested itself the most, the results
do not indicate an adverse reaction against Taylor. Rather, he im-
proved on Henry Clay's performance in 1844. Three of those counties
voted for Taylor, whereas only two had gone for Clay. Total votes
and voting percentages also fail to reflect an anti-Taylor reaction. In
1844 the difference between the Whig and Democratic candidates was
3,579 votes; in 1848, with a larger electorate, Taylor narrowed it to
3,262. Voting percentages are equally significant. The Democrats
amassed 52.9 percent of the votes in 1844 as opposed to 46.5 for the
Whigs. Four years later the Democratic percentage dropped to 51.5,
whereas the Whig percentage remained fairly constant at 46.1 of the
vote. Considering that Taylor received 45 percent of the total vote
statewide, this means that he did better in the counties where public
opinion should have been strongest against him than in the rest of
the state. In fact, despite the Buena Vista controversy, Taylor had
received the same popular support in Indiana that he had received
throughout the North."4
If the volunteers and the people of Indiana actually felt they had
a score to settle with Old Rough and Ready, they did not indicate it
at the polls. Some other issue, not the Buena Vista controversy, caused
Taylor to lose in Indiana.
"Rayback, "Presidential Politics, 1845-1848," 427-429.
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