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  • Chicago Tribune -- June 01, 1879
    Julius Rosenthal To the Editor of the Tribune:

    Chicago, May 31. - The Republican party of this county has honored the Germans, and more especially those of the Hebrew denomination, by selecting from among twenty-three candidates as one of its standard-bearers in to-morrow's judicial contest, Mr. Julius Rosenthal. With all the vituperation expended by opposing journals on the different Republican candidates there is not a single paper which could in any way find a vulnerable spot in the armor of Mr. Rosenthal. His great judicial learning is conceded by every one, - and as to his record in the official positions held by him as a member of the Library Board, etc., it is simply incomparable. He held for more than ten years the position of Public Adminstrator in this county; millions of property of deceased persons passed through his hands, and there is to this day not a widow, or orphan, or any other heir of the estates administered by him, who ever made the least complaint against the most honest and scrupulous accounting. Let every well-meaning citizen reflect on this record, and vote for Julius Rosenthal.

    My co-religionists especially I would ask to turn out to-morrow, every man, and 2vote for the ticket of that party which honored them by placing one of our representative men as a candidate before them for one of the most honorable positions in its gift.

    One of the other candidates who deserves the special support of the Israelites of this city is the Hon. Erastus S. Williams. He, it was, who two years ago while presiding on the bench of the Criminal Court, rebuked a jury and the Prosecuting Attorneys by promptly setting aside an unjust verdict in the case of The People vs. Samuel Strauss. He then stated that as long as he lived, and as long as he presided as Justice, no man could be condemned purely on account of his religion. The defendant was subsequently honorably discharged.

    I am sure the Israelites will never forget such an act of kindness and independence in a Judge.

    An Israelite of the Eighteenth Ward.

    Chicago, May 31. - The Republican party of this county has honored the Germans, and more especially those of the Hebrew denomination, by selecting from among twenty-three candidates as one ...

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  • Jewish Advance -- November 07, 1879
    Clannishness (Ed.)

    Thank Providence, the election is over. No gentleman of Jewish persuasion being before the people as a candidate for an office of public trust, we may hope that the Jews will be left alone for a time. Mr. Adolph Moses, as a gentleman, as a man of honor and integrity, and as a liberal-minded man and scholar who would be as likely to let religious or racial prejudice interfere with the discharge of his duties as our Methodist, Baptists and Congregationalist friends are likely to give up their temperance schemes. Mr. Moses, we say, has all the qualifications to make him an ornament to society. But no sooner was he put up for public-office than all this was put in the shade by the cry that he was a Jew, and even the papers which advocated his election had their hands full of work to defend the man for the crime of being an Israelite. His capacities as a lawyer, his democratic proclivities were not as much laid stress upon by the opposition party as the unfortunate fact that he was a Jew.

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    Miserable puns, wretched allusions to his racial allegiance, exasperating insinuations were indulged in by our daily press of high and low standard.

    (P.S.- He lost the election)

    (Editorial was written not because he lost the election, but against the method of the campaign).

    Thank Providence, the election is over. No gentleman of Jewish persuasion being before the people as a candidate for an office of public trust, we may hope that the Jews ...

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  • Chicago Tribune -- March 29, 1891
    Hebrews All against Cregier

    The respectable Hebrews are divided in their preferences between Carter H. Harrison and Hempstead Washburne. Charles H. Schwab, the boot and shoe man, is strongly for Harrison. His partner, Morris Selx, is for Hempstead Washburne. The Hebrew bankers, Kozminski, Felsenthal, Lowenthal, and Lezarus Silverman, are all for Washburne. Cregier has not the support of a prominent Hebrew in the city. Max Dembrowsky, a well-known Hebrew, who has been making a canvass of the wholesale clothing houses, said yesterday:

    "I bet $50 a few days ago that Harrison would not get 35,000 votes. I'll bet now that Harrison will get more than that number. The fight, in my judgment, lies between Harrison and Hampstead Washburne."

    Washington Hesing of the Staats-Zeitung says:

    "Cregier's case is hopeless. The fight is between Hempstead Washburne and Carter H. Harrison. I think Harrison will win. He ought to win. Who is supporting Cregier? Nobody but members of the 'family trust,' office holders, and paid men.

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    Harrison will get eighty per cent of the German-Democratic votes. He would get ninety-five per cent of it, but that some German-Democrats fearing the success of Hempstead Washburne will vote for Hempstead. I may say, too, that the German-Americans as a rule will shed no tears if Hempstead Washburne is elected."

    The respectable Hebrews are divided in their preferences between Carter H. Harrison and Hempstead Washburne. Charles H. Schwab, the boot and shoe man, is strongly for Harrison. His partner, Morris ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- October 20, 1891
    The Democrats Nominate Three Jews

    The Israelites have had frequent opportunities during the last few years to reveal their strength and their political influence. Seldom do they appear upon the political arena as a whole, but are to be found usually, on both sides of the battle-line.

    This, of course, occasioned the question among them, why the Republicans never concede a representative to them; although the Democrats have for the third time recognized their importance by nominating three of their people, Mannheimer, Cahn, and H. Gelder. The election of Gelder is recommended by many Israelite clubs, especially on the Southwest Side.

    The Israelites have had frequent opportunities during the last few years to reveal their strength and their political influence. Seldom do they appear upon the political arena as a whole, ...

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  • Chicago Tribune -- March 26, 1893
    Hebrews Declare for Reform

    Away down on Jefferson Street, in the neighborhood of Twelfth, there is a large Hebrew settlement. The claim has often been made that Harrison possessed great strength in this particular locality. Evidence to the contrary was a crowded meeting held last night in Metropolitan Hall, corner of Jefferson and O'Brien Streets, under the auspices of the Hebrew Club of the Seventh Ward.

    The meeting was called to order at 8 o'clock by M. Goldman. B. Horwich was elected Chairman, and J. Barnes acted as Secretary. Among the speakers who addressed the meeting were S. C. Eastman, I. F. Patterson, James A. McShane, the people's candidate for City Attorney. J. L. Monaghan, candidate for West Town Assessor, and Rev. Dr. Emil G. Hirsch and the citizens candidate for mayor, Samuel W. Allerton.

    None of the speakers was more warmly received than Mr. Allerton whose terse presentation of facts and convincing argument commanded an enthusiastic response from the larger audience. "All those who will vote for Mr. Allerton," said Chairman Horwich at the close of Mr. Allerton's speech, "will please rise." There was an instant and unanimous movement by the audience and as 2they rose to their feet some one proposed "three cheers for Allerton." The cheers were given and the citizens candidate for mayor was assured that in that section of Chicago at least the Hebrews were with him.

    Before the meeting came to an end Chairman Horwich read the following telegram from a member of their own race, who is well known in this city: Santa Barbara, Cal., March 25, To J. W. Allerton, Chicago, Ill. Just learned of your nomination. Accept my heartiest congratualtions. Having been the best of friends for thirty years, I know you will fill the office with honor as demonstrated by your past career. With best wishes. Nelson Morris.

    Away down on Jefferson Street, in the neighborhood of Twelfth, there is a large Hebrew settlement. The claim has often been made that Harrison possessed great strength in this particular ...

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  • Chicago Tribune -- March 31, 1893
    Revolt of Many Associations

    That the revolt against the gang ticket is strong and widespread is shown by the fact that many organizations, non-political in character and which do not feel now that they are taking a part in politics, have declared against it. For instance at a meeting of the United South-North and West Side Hebrew Merchants' Association held Wednesday, it was unanimously agreed upon to send the following address to every merchant in the city: Our association having the welfare of the city at heart has decided to throw party lines aside in the coming municipal election and join the movement in favor of the election of a non-partisan business ticket. The business interests of all of us have suffered from the unbusinesslike administration of the city by party politicians. A great municipality like this cannot prosper if old time politicians are at the head of affairs. We owe it to ourselves and to the whole community to exert all our energy in behalf of the business man who is a candidate for Mayor on the Citizens' ticket. This great city must be redeemed from the hands of the gamblers and toughs who are planning to fatten at the public crib.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Louis Frank, Secretary.

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    By the head of the Peddlers' Detective Association the following letter has been sent out: To the Peddlers of Chicago! Now is your time to better yourself if you want protection from abuses. I wish especially to call the attention of rag and junk peddlers, who are frequently stoned and maltreated during the peaceful pursuit of their business, that they are not being protected by the police. To vegetable and other peddlers I would say that by helping to elect the entire "non-partisan Allerton ticket" you will protect yourself by having the ordinance in reference to peddlers and peddlers' licenses strictly enforced.

    Knowing that we were imposed upon and compelled to go to an expense to have our ordinance passed by the present administration and knowing that the ordinances have not been enforced, it has worked to our detriment. All residents and those who have families have been obliged to comply with the law, while all renegade non-residents and aliens have escaped without obtaining a license.

    Therefore I urge you to vote the entire "non-partisan Allerton ticket," as I have the promise that all will be equally protected and their Sunday privileges returned.

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    Bear this well in mind and I will stick to you and keep good the promise as I have tried to do in the past. Remember the Harrison party is promised to our enemies.

    Most respectfully yours,

    Gilbert M. Fitch, President

    Peddlers' Protective Association

    That the revolt against the gang ticket is strong and widespread is shown by the fact that many organizations, non-political in character and which do not feel now that they ...

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  • Reform Advocate -- April 02, 1904
    (No headline)

    Mr. Jacob Ringer is a candidate for Alderman of the Sixth Ward. He is the senior member of the law firm of Ringer, Wilhartz and Louer, and will run on the Republican ticket.

    Mr. Jacob Ringer is a candidate for Alderman of the Sixth Ward. He is the senior member of the law firm of Ringer, Wilhartz and Louer, and will run on ...

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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- January 27, 1907
    Heard and Seen.

    The twentieth ward in Chicago begins at the northwest corner of Washington boulevard and Western avenue. It runs south, and takes in parts of the following streets and avenues: 12th, Safer, Taylor, Loomis, Van Buren Center and Madison streets; Ashland and Washington boulevards and Western avenue. The whole south half of this ward is thickly settled with Jews and in the last voting registration, it showed very nearly as many Jewish votes as in the near-by ninth ward.

    The Jews in the twentieth ward were not recognized much, politically, and they were not as active, politically, as in the ninth ward, so these Jews in the twentieth ward are getting busy in the formulating of plans whereby they will receive political recognition from now on.

    There will soon be an election for mayor and aldermen. We want to hear from our Jewish voters of the twentieth ward.

    The twentieth ward in Chicago begins at the northwest corner of Washington boulevard and Western avenue. It runs south, and takes in parts of the following streets and avenues: 12th, ...

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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- February 14, 1907
    City of Chicago News

    Much in the way of political news is being discussed on the West Side in the 9th Ward. Preparations are being made for the coming Aldermanic nomination.

    Naturally, the Jews in this section are greatly interested in nominating a Jewish candidate. Among the many candidates running for Alderman, Mr. Morris Eller seems to be the choice, for he is the one most talked of for that office. The Jewish element expect to raise heaven and earth to nominate a Jewish candidate in the 9th Ward.

    Much in the way of political news is being discussed on the West Side in the 9th Ward. Preparations are being made for the coming Aldermanic nomination. Naturally, the Jews ...

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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- March 17, 1907
    Seen and Heard

    Who is the young Jewish candidate, Mr. Morris Eller, who is running for alderman of the ninth ward? The answer is as follows: On September 22, 1883, the seventeen year old Morris Eller, landed in Chicago. He was poor and was lost in this great Metropolis without money and without knowledge of the English language, but he came here as a Jew with Jewish patience. He immediately began to attend night school to study the English language, and by day, he peddled for a living. As soon as he acquired a working knowledge of English, he discarded peddling and obtained a position as bookkeeper for Jacob Lasker. And before long he married into the Lasker's family. From then on, he became one of the most outstanding citizens of Chicago.

    Finally he entered politics. In 1895, he was elected Deputy Assessor; in 1896, he became Deputy Collector and 1897, he was appointed Deputy Recorder, which office he now holds under Abel Davis. Now he is nominated for alderman 2of the ninth ward in place of Abe Harris, who was appointed clerk of the criminal court. Mr. Eller is assured of election if the Jews of the ninth ward will do their duty.

    In Jewish politics, Mr. Eller, is a power. He was grand secretary of the Order Western Star for nine and one-half years. He is at present, president of the Independent Order Brith Abraham of the West. He is also a member of other lodges and organizations, and has the assured co-operation of its members in this campaign.

    Who is the young Jewish candidate, Mr. Morris Eller, who is running for alderman of the ninth ward? The answer is as follows: On September 22, 1883, the seventeen year ...

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