Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Touch of Politics

Just a tiny one.  Plus religion!  Two subjects you are not supposed to discuss at the dinner table for the price of one.  In 1885 a Republican from Ft. Dodge, one state Senator Jonathan Dolliver, declared:  "When Iowa goes Democratic, hell will go Methodist".  I'm not sure how he defined 'go Democratic', but I do wonder if hell went Calvinistic?  Fun Dolliver fact: he was considered a candidate to run for the Vice-Presidency in 1900 but bowed out when he heard Teddy Roosevelt was willing to take the nomination.  Either way an impressive mustache would have been featured in the campaign.

Source:  Des Moines Register, 7/25/1998 p 1M
Amazing Iowa / Janice Beck Stock

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