by great dignity and force.
I shall never forget the conclusion of that speech: ‘Mr. Forquer
commenced his speech by announcing that the young man would have to be taken down.
It is for you, fellow citizens, not for me to say whether I am up or down.
The gentleman has seen fit to allude to my being a young man; but he forgets that I am older in years than I am in the tricks and trades of politicians.
I desire to live, and I desire place and distinction; but I would rather die now than, like the gentleman, live to see the day that I would change my politics for an office worth three thousand dollars a year, and then feel compelled to erect a lightning rod to protect a guilty conscience from an offended God.’
” The effect of this rejoinder was wonderful, and gave Forquer
and his lightning rod a notoriety the extent of which no one envied him.
In the election which followed, Sangamon county
in a political sense was entirely turned over.
Hitherto the Democrats had always carried it, but now the Whigs
gained control by an average majority of four hundred.
This time Lincoln
led his ticket.
The nine elected were, Abraham Lincoln
, Ninian W. Edwards
, John Dawson
, Andrew McCormick
, Dan Stone
, Wm. F. Elkin
, Robert L. Wilson
, Job Fletcher
, and Archer G. Herndon
The last two were senators.
On assembling at Vandalia
they were at once, on account of their stature, dubbed the “Long Nine.”
In height they averaged over six feet, and in weight over two hundred