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Birthplace of the Direct Primary

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, March 20, 2011
1. Birthplace of the Direct Primary Marker
Inscription. Here in Crawford County on Sept. 9, 1842, direct primary elections were born when county Democrats used this system to nominate candidates for the legislature and county offices. Republicans here began voting by this method in 1860. This "Crawford County System" gradually spread to other counties and to other states. By the early 20th century, it had become the nation's standard system for selecting party nominees for most offices.
 
Erected 2000 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 38.326′ N, 80° 8.965′ W. Marker is in Meadville, Pennsylvania, in Crawford County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Diamond Park) and East Center Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street (Diamond Park). Touch for map. Main Street splits at Diamond Park in downtown, the sign will be on the right side, near the County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Meadville PA 16335, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crawford County (within shouting distance of this marker); Raymond Philip Shafer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chamber of Commerce (about 400 feet away);
Birthplace of the Direct Primary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 20, 2011
2. Birthplace of the Direct Primary Marker
First Christian Church (about 500 feet away); Unitarian Church (about 500 feet away); The Spirella Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Library Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roddy Law Office (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meadville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 542 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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