State that did so. The total vote was 165,000.
Of these, 58,801 were given to the Douglas electors; 58,373 to the Bell
electors; 31,317 to the Breckinridge electors; and 17,165 to the Lincoln
The vote, however, did not correctly represent the sentiment of the people of the State
Claiborne F. Jackson
was the regular Democratic nominee for governor.
He was a good man, in a personal sense, and thoroughly loyal to the institutions of the State
and the South
But as a matter of policy he declared his intention early in the campaign to support Douglas
, thereby giving him the appearance of being the nominee and representative of the party.
The more pronounced Southern men, the Breckinridge Democrats
, refused to follow his lead, and nominated Hancock Jackson
for governor, with a fill electoral ticket.
No doubt Claiborne F. Jackson
thought he was acting for the best interests of the State
and the cause to which he was strongly attached.
But he was not. His precipitate movement in favor of Douglas
divided Southern men and produced discord among them, when it was desirable above all things that they should be united and should act together in harmony.
This was the first great mistake made by the Southern
leaders in Missouri
, and it was followed with fatal consistency by others that brought many disasters on the people of the State
, and possibly changed the whole current of American history.
The supporters of Breckinridge
, of Douglas
and of Bell
were in the main opposed to the sectional purposes of the Republican party, to the election of Lincoln
, to the policy of the coercion of the Southern States
, and when the test came would have been united in regard to the position Missouri
But dissensions and antagonisms were created among them by bad management.
The vote showed the Republicans were out. numbered nine to one.
Their strength was mainly in St. Louis
and the counties along the south side of the Missouri