Tuesday, November 06, 2018

O.S. Alcott and the "First Presidential Voters’ Club" of 1888

O.S. Alcott donated this 1888 ribbon from the First Presidential Voters’ Club of 1888. The members of this club supported the Republican Presidential candidate Benjamin Harrison, who defeated the incumbent Grover Cleveland on November 6. 

First voters’ clubs were popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At that time, only men could vote. The club members were anxious to exercise their duties as citizens to make their voting choice count. 

Mr. Alcott ran a men’s clothing shop in the Kingsbury Block from about 1900 to 1930. He took the business over from his father, L.D. Alcott.

O.S. Alcott was the topic of the “Who’s Who and Why” column in the December 14, 1911 issue of the Sandusky Register.

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