successfully carried out in his management of National affairs.
This policy on the part of the Governor
was a wise one-at least it was so up to the 18th of April, 1861.
He paid respect to the opinions and humored the prejudices of the great body of his people, being himself, in fact, one of them.
He possessed great personal popularity.
His appearance told much in his favor.
He had a downright honest look — a very John Bull
he was-softened with a most benevolent expression of countenance.
Of medium stature, thick set, rather corpulent, with broad head and face, strong features, prominent chin, mouth shutting firmly down upon molar teeth in front, easy in address, and of dignified carriage, he gave assurance of a man that could do the State
He had not the learning of the schools, for he had come up from the ranks, where, in his youthful days, one could scarcely find even that little learning which Pope
calls “a dangerous thing.”
But he had. used his natural gifts to some purpose.
He was a close observer, and had studied men until he knew well how to capture them.
Beside, he was really kind-hearted, and delighted to do favors.
For years he had been the leading Whig in his native county of Dorchester
, on the Eastern Shore, and when that old and honored party suddenly declined and died, he joined the Know-Nothing or American organization, “to beat the Democrats.”
He was elected Governor, in 185T, and had given himself earnestly and faithfully to the discharge of his important duties.
At the breaking out of the civil war, he was about sixty years of age, and in appearance was strong and robust, but, in fact, his health was seriously impaired; and he had recently suffered severe family bereavement which greatly unnerved him. In the late Presidential election, Maryland
had cast her electoral vote for Breckenridge
, who had received not quite a thousand more of the popular vote than Bell
, and who, if the nearly six thousand votes cast for Douglas
, and the little more than two thousand cast for Lincoln
be counted, was in an actual minority.
A large majority of the secessionists were found among the voters for Breckenridge
; but by no means were all who supported him for secession, for such able and influential men as the Hon. Reverdy Johnson
, the i-on.
John W. Crisfield
, and the lion.
Henry H. Goldsborough
, may be taken to represent thousands of others that stood boldly for the integrity of the Union
. .There were, of course, a number of the Bell
men who took the other side; and there were a great many men that sympathized with the South
, and yet loved the Union
There were many strong ties between the people of Maryland
and the people of the more Southern States.