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Curtiss-Wedge, F.; Jones, Geo. O. (ed.) / History of Dunn County, Wisconsin

Chapter VI: Dunn County in the Barstow-Bashford election,   pp. 38-42

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is jude of his own election?'
Arr. Carpenter--' Certainly, I hold that the governor is the ultimate judge of
his own election and qualification, subject only to the people; that there is no other
department of the government authorized to decide.' "
The claim of Bashford was concretely stated by Mr. Rvan:
"We do not propose to interfere with the executive at all; only to ascertain who
is the executive. If the record is true, the canvass is a falsehood" and "the intru-
sion of Barstow into the executive office was a usurpation, it was a violation of the
The court held in the case before it that it had power to determine who had been
elected and adjudged that Coles Bashford had been elected to that office. In
writing the opinion of the court the chief justice announced, "An election bv the
qualified voters of the state, and not a canvass of the votes, confers a right to office."
As an aid to those who may wish to study this portion of our history the follow-
ing references are given:
Vol. 4, Wis. Repts. pp 567 to 836.
Senate and Assembly Journils for session of 1856 with the appendices to the
The various histories of Wisconsin especially those of Thwaites and of A. M.
Thompson. The first author had the advantage of interviews with a friend of
Bashford who knew personally of the events of this election as they transpired, and
the last gained knowledge from a friend of Barstow's who was daily about the
capitol during the time when the returns of this election were being canvassed.

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