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Edmund R. Cocke's 1893 Gubernatorial Campaign

Candidates for the People's Party of Virginia (1893)

This broadside lists the slate of candidates put forward by the People's Party of Virginia (also known as the Populists) for the state election held on November 7, 1893. Edmund R. Cocke, the gubernatorial candidate, drafted much of the party's platform but was defeated in the general election by his Democratic opponent, Charles Triplett O'Ferrall.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: 1893

Medium: Broadside

Courtesy of Library of Virginia

Hear Ye Him.

In this broadside, dated August 21, 1893, Edmund R. Cocke, the Virginia gubernatorial candidate running on the People's Party ticket, states his views championing free silver and opposing political fraud. Cocke claimed that currency backed solely by gold "means for us and for our children a slavery more galling than was ever dreamed of under chattel slavery." He also denounced the "dark spots" of fraud in the state, which, if unchecked "will grow and grow until civilization itself goes down into the blackness of darkness."

Citation: Hear Ye Him.: To the People of Virginia: Having been placed before you as a candidate for the high and honorable position of Governor of Virginia, I ask you to consider what I shall now say to you … Broadside 1893 .C63. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. 

Original Author: Edmund R. Cocke

Created: August 21, 1893

Medium: Broadside

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Candidates for the People's Party of Virginia (1893)

    This broadside lists the slate of candidates put forward by the People's Party of Virginia (also known as the Populists) for the state election held on November 7, 1893. Edmund R. Cocke, the gubernatorial candidate, drafted much of the party's platform but was defeated in the general election by his Democratic opponent, Charles Triplett O'Ferrall.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: 1893

    Medium: Broadside

    Courtesy of Library of Virginia

  • Hear Ye Him.

    In this broadside, dated August 21, 1893, Edmund R. Cocke, the Virginia gubernatorial candidate running on the People's Party ticket, states his views championing free silver and opposing political fraud. Cocke claimed that currency backed solely by gold "means for us and for our children a slavery more galling than was ever dreamed of under chattel slavery." He also denounced the "dark spots" of fraud in the state, which, if unchecked "will grow and grow until civilization itself goes down into the blackness of darkness."

    Citation: Hear Ye Him.: To the People of Virginia: Having been placed before you as a candidate for the high and honorable position of Governor of Virginia, I ask you to consider what I shall now say to you … Broadside 1893 .C63. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. 

    Original Author: Edmund R. Cocke

    Created: August 21, 1893

    Medium: Broadside

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections