Harford History

Seeking honest men

September 09, 2007

In an effort "to take steps to secure honest government and lower taxes," a public meeting was held in the courthouse in Bel Air on Sept. 12, 1893.

More than 140 local Democrats attended the meeting, which was called to order by John Moores and chaired by George E. Silver, president of the Farmers' Convention. Citing charges of corruption and mismanagement of funds by county officials, Silver received applause when he declared that he would support a Democratic ticket only if honest men were nominated to run for office.

William H. Harlan said, "We must have a clean administration of county affairs ... or run into a condition when our property will be confiscated to pay the public expenses."

Agreeing that corruption was threatening the rights of the people of Harford County, those in attendance adopted resolutions stating that voters of all political parties should work to maintain their rights; denouncing the actions of the county commissioner's office; and calling for the replacement of the Democratic Party commissions nominated in the primaries.

[Source: Harford Historical Bulletin, summer 1988. Research by Harford County Public Library.]

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