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363. James H. Matheny (William H. Herndon interview].

[1865 — 66]

J h Matheny

J. J Hardin went to Congress first — Say about 1844 — after this district had been organized — : Baker was the next candidate — Hardin beat Baker first and by a Kind of agreement — understanding implied, Baker was to run — rather the Convention that nominated Hardin "said it". Lincoln was the next caniddate: he was Elected in 1848 — Baker in 1846. Baker resigned his seat & went to the war with Mxico. John Henry of Morgan was Elected to fill Bakers seat in Congress. Baker came back and wanted to run, but seeing Logan on the track he went to Galena. Originally there was a Kind of implied understanding that Hardin — Baker — Lincoln should rotate in Congress — Something broke it up — what it is or was I don't Know.

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2563; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:212 — 13



1. AL was elected to Congress in 1846, Edward D. Baker in 1844, and John J. Hardin in 1843.