Election Night Warmup #6

1860: On election eve, Mr. C.F. McIntire, manager of the Springfield office of the Illinois and Mississippi Telegraph Company, offers an election night suggestion to Abraham Lincoln.

Telegraph Office Springfield Nov 5 1860

To Hon. A Lincoln

Dr Sir

If convenient for you, we would be happy to have you and any friends you may wish to bring, Spend tomorrow night with us, where you can receive the good news without delay.

(Not wishing to have a noisy crowd inside, the doors will be closed at 9 oclock pm.)


C. F. McIntire
Springfield Office

Despite Mr. McIntire’s kind invitation, Library of Congress records indicate that Lincoln in fact spent election night at his state capitol office, where he received the returns with friends. Sorry, C.F.

UPDATE: I owe Mr. McIntire an apology. Lots of cool, online accounts of how Lincoln spent election day 1860 (like this one) have Lincoln leaving his office at about 9 p.m. to head to, yep, the telegraph office, where he monitored returns into the wee hours of the morning when the result became clear. Sorry again, C.F.

[Photo and transcription: Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress] invoices for free nice

What Will Happen to Joe? You Know, the Plumber?

This from ABC News:

Like all good celebrities, Joe the Plumber has hired a publicity team.

The Press Office in Nashville, where clients include rockers Grand Funk Railroad and Eddie Money, will help him handle the flood of interview and appearance requests that have poured in since he was mentioned during a presidential debate and quickly became a household name.

“It’s like any other celebrity who is in the public eye,” said Jim Della Croce, who owns the agency. “There needs to be someone acting as a clearinghouse and interpreting the opportunities and coordinating the media requests, and he truly is being inundated.”

Despite rumors to the contrary, he’s not planning to release an album, though a book is in the works.

Wurzelbacher campaigned for the Republican ticket on his own bus tour around Ohio this week and appeared with Sarah Palin on Wednesday. His name comes up at just about every GOP rally.

But with the election next week, what’s next?

A lot of things are too premature to talk about, Della Croce said, but a book is already planned.

“Certainly Joe will go down in history and will be a celebrity regardless of which way the election turns,” Della Croce said. “He is a curiosity. He’s touched a nerve with the common man, and people are curious as to what’s on his mind. I think he speaks for a lot of people.”

So many, apparently, that he needs three managers at The Press Office…

The media scrutiny hasn’t always been kind to Wurzelbacher, who turned out to be an unlicensed plumber with unpaid back taxes. At first, Wurzelbacher insisted he wanted no part of the spotlight and predicted he’d be a small footnote in the campaign.

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