One great advantage the Ohio Abolitionists
enjoyed was that they were harmonious and united.
In the East
that was not the case.
There was a bitter feud between the Garrisonians, who relied on moral suasion, and the advocates of political action.
All Ohio Abolitionists were ready and eager to employ the ballot.
There is another name, in speaking of Ohio
, that must not be omitted.
was the man who made Salmon P. Chase
a United States Senator
, and at a time when the Abolition voting strength in Ohio
was a meager fraction in comparison with that of the old parties-numbering not over one in twenty.
It happened to be a time when the old parties — the Whigs
and the Democrats-had so nearly an equal representation in the State Legislature that Townsend
, who was a State Senator
, and two co-operating members, held a balance of power.
Both parties were exceedingly anxious to control the Legislature, as that body, under the State
constitution then in force, had the distribution of a great deal of patronage.
The consideration for the deciding vote demanded by Townsend
and his associates was the election of Chase
to the Senate.
They and the Democrats made the deal.
Naturally enough, the Whigs
expressed great indignation until it was shown that they had offered to enter into very much the same arrangement.
Some years before the events just spoken of, Townsend
had been a medical student in Cincinnati
One day he stepped into the courthouse, where a fugitive-slave case was being tried.
There he listened to an argument from Salmon P. Chase