Part 9, Note 36
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Colorado Citizen, December 18, 1879, January 22, 1880, September 23, October 7, 1880, October 14, 1880, October 28, 1880, November 4, 1880, November 18, 1880, November 25, 1880; Colorado County Election Records, Book 1874-1884; Election Returns, 1880, Lavaca County, Texas, Records of the Secretary of State (RG 307), Archives and Records Division, Texas State Library, Austin. In his January 17, 1880 election proclamation, Governor Oran M. Roberts noted that six state senators and two state legislators had vacated their offices, and declared that he considered it "improper and inexpedient that so many vacancies should exist" (see Executive Record Books (RG 307), Oran M. Roberts, pp. 202-203, Archives Division, Texas State Library, Austin). In Colorado County, in the election for representative on February 17, 1880, Kinnison got 607 votes, Green 495, Charles C. Maigne 64, and Rufus King Gay one. The results as reported by Lavaca County to the state show Kinnison with 728 votes, Green with 697, Maigne with 91, and Gay with one. Though it is not clear from the record, these probably are the combined, two-county results. It seems unlikely that Gay would have received exactly one vote in each county. In the eight contested county-wide races on November 2, 1880, no Republican got fewer than 62% of the vote. Townsend got 70%, Riley 66%, and Webber 64%. Incumbent county clerk Henry Wagenfuhr got 82% of the vote in his race. In the two-county legislative race, Riggs got 2592 votes, Kindred 2576, Green 2016, and Bailey 1768. The totals in Colorado County were: Riggs 1221, Kindred 1159, Green 1570, and Bailey 1350. The other two seats on the commissioners court went to Henry Amthor, who defeated longtime Democrat Johann Friedrich Leyendecker, and William Herndon, whose opponent, Henry P. Smith, seems to have been a black man (two Henry Smiths lived in the county in 1880, but only one of the two lived in the same part of the county as Herndon, and he was black (see Tenth Census of the United States (1880), Schedule 1, Colorado County, Texas)). Leyendecker also ran for and won a justice of the peace position. In the same election, James Harvey McLeary, a Democrat then living in San Antonio, was elected state attorney general. McLeary had grown up in Colorado County and many members of his family still lived there; however, he got only 38% of the local vote.