Clipped From Statesville Record And Landmark
a is j is i a i 1904 Congressional Campaign Tag Found By JERRY JOSEY burn studied ta the "common A Statesville man, w al k i n g! schools and academies of his na- * 11 i i . . . i • t_ tit'A c t *i4 A ** ort/i/M*rli M rt fr/\ i Via r1l_ around an old homeplace which was being cleared by a bulldozer. uncovered a page from Iredell's political past when he found a small copper or bronze tag Monday Monday morning. tive state," according to the directory, directory, studied law, being admit- ted to the'bar in 1890 and commenced commenced practice in Jefferson. He served as reading clerk of Ear! Bustle, who lives on the j the North Carolina State Senate in Amity Hill Road, didn't know what I 189-1 and 1895, was a member of he had found, but brought the small 'the State House of Representatives tag which resembles a dog collar i in 1896 and 1897 and served as by the Record & Landmark office Monday afternoon. "I thought it was an old dog tag with somebody's identification on it," he said about the little tag, which is approximately Ite inches speaker pro tempore in 1897. Blackburn was named assistant United States attorney in 1898. In 1900, he was elected a$ a Republican Republican to the 57th Congress of the United States and served from wide and two inches in'length, with | March 4, 1901, until the term ended a small slit opening at the top March 3, 1903, He was an unsuc- to 9 in attend. of for fastening. It had this inscription on it: SPENCER BLACKBURN FOR CONGRESS & 1904 ^ The small tag was found at the old Tom Cashion homestead, local- i from March 4, 1905, until March ed at the city limits on Amity Hill 3. 1!)07 - Blackburn was not a can- cessful candidate for re-election in 1902 to the 3«th Congress. The tag which was found by Bustle was evidently campaign material used by Blackburn in 1904 in his bid for another term in Congress. He was elected to the 59th Conin Conin the 1904 race, serving , Road in front of Godfrey Lumber i Company. Bustle lives next door didate for renomination in 1906. After serving the two terms in to where the bulldozing and clear- , Congress, Blackburn resumed law ing operation was underway. He said the tag was slightly bent and he was able to make out a little of the inscription before using a piece of steel wool on it. practice in Greensboro. He died several years later in Elizabethton, Elizabethton, Tenn., on March 10, 1912, and is buried ir. Old Hopewell Cemetery Cemetery near Boone. A casual stroll over an old horne- first $200 be said of set are: | the $40 the to the "I saw it was someone for Congress Congress in 1904 and that's the reason' stead and a fleeting glance at a 1 cleaned it up," Bustle said Mon-' slightly bent object resulted in a ! day afternoon. i As a matter of turn through the history books of fact, the tag was probably used in a political campaign before Bustle was born. How long it had been on the ground and in the weather was unknown, but it had held up well. Bustle said he was 40 years of age and | the tag has to be 59 years old. \ Blackburn was elected to the 59th i Congress M905-1907> and the cam- \ paign wast in HKM. , A check through the Biographical Directory of the American Congress, Congress, 17H-1927, turned up some information concerning Blackburn. The congressman was Edmond Spencer Blackburn and he was born nuar Boone in Watauga County County on September 22, 18tt». Black Iredell's political past.