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1859 Asa Piper Cate Political Governor Ticket, Northfield New Hampshire


Judge Asa Piper Cate 1813-1874 was a Northfield, New Hampshire lawyer or attorney, judge, state legislator, president of the state senate, and three time unsucccessful Democratic candidate for New Hampshire Governor running 1857-1860. He attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, founded in 1769 by the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock. It is in Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, on the Connecticut River.

This is a rare original political piece, a ticket for Asa P. Cate's 1859 run for governor. It is a beautiful early typeset paper election ticket, printed on thin early Civil War era paper with a high rag content. The size is 3.25 x 7 inches. It has early typesetting fonts and patriotic eagle, printed wth a patriotic eagle depicted at the ticket top.

Text printed on ticket: Democratic Republican Ticket. Eagle graphics with eagle holding a banner which reads: "The Union Must be Preserved" and "DEMOCRACY." There is a quote below: "We must preserve our liberties or perish in the last ditch." -Jackson (This is a quote from Andrew Jackson 1767-1845, who was seventh President of the United States from 1829-1837.

Printed on ticket:
For Governor, Asa P. Cate
For Railroad Commissioner, Frederick Vose
For Representative to Congress, Daniel Marcy
Benjamin Hanson, Councillor
Samuel Emerson, Senator
Jacob P. Boodey, Register
Joseph A. Walker, County Commissioner

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Asa Piper Cate 1813-1871 born in Northfield, Merrimack County, New Hampshire to Simeon Cate 1790-1835 and Lydia Durgin Cate 1792-1881. He died there also in 1871. His wife Lyda was the daughter of John Dungin and Lydia Morrison Dungin of Sanbornton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.

His Siblings:
Asa Piper Cate 1813-1871 (Himself, the eldest child)
Abby Piper Cate Chadwick 1818-1850
Eastman S Cate 1822-1826 (Eastman Cate)
Lafayette Cate 1825-1826
Thomas Jefferson Cate 1827-1853

His Spouse: Clara Procter Cate 1816-1904 (Clara P. Cate, Clara Cate)
Their Children:
Clara Morton Cate 1841-1932 (also seen as Clara Moulton Cate)
Abbie Josephine Cate Waterman 1849-1941 (Abigail Waterman, married Reverend Lucius Waterman)

Their Burial: Park Cemetery, Tilton, Belknap County, New Hampshire

From Book "History of Lebanon, N.H., 1761-1887 By Charles Algernon Downs"
"The Free Soil, the Whig and the American parties disappeared and became the Republican party, while the Democratic party continued on its way. In 1858 the vote for governor was as follows: Asa P. Cate, D., 149; William Haile, R., 311. In the state, Asa P. Cate, 31,679; William Haile, 36,212, an increased majority. In 1859, the vote for governor was as follows: Asa P. Cate, D., 165; Ichabod Goodwin, R., 329. In the state, Asa P. Cate, 32,802; Ichabod Goodwin, 36,326. In 1860 Asa P. Cate lost his last bid for Governor, his third straight try."

The Asa Cate House is at 23 Elm Street, Northfield NH. It was built by Benjamin Chase in the late 1830's and occupied by him for a few years. In early 1840's, it became the home of Asa P. Cate and is still standing.

Asa Cate's wife: Clara Proctor Cate 1813-1874
Marriage: September 2, 1840, Born and died in Northfield, NH
Their 2 Children:
1. Clara Moulton Cate (Seen as Clara Morton Cate) born May 30, 1841
2. Abbie Josephine Cate Waterman, born Oct 3, 1849

Note: We found 3 different spellings of his mother Lydia's maiden name: Lydia Dungin Cate, Lydia Durgin Cate, and Lydia Dugin Cate.

From "History of Merrimack and Belknap Counties, New Hampshire, Part 2 1885: "ASA P. CATE, born in Northfield June 1, 1813; read law with Judge Nesmith; married Clara Proctor, and commenced to practice about 1843. Although his residence was in Northfield, his office was on the Sanbornton side of the river; he was several times representative, president of the State Bank, candidate for Governor, president of a national bank, and judge of Probate of Merrimack County; he died December 12, 1874."

HON, A.P. CATE: From "History of Northfield, New Hampshire 1780-1905: In Two Parts" By Mrs. Lucy Rogers Hill Cross: "Asa Piper Cate was born in that part of Sanbornton, which is now called Tilton Highlands, June 1, 1813, the son of Simeon and Lydia (Durgin) Cate. The Sanbornton town history is in error in saying that he was born in Northfleld. His parents removed to this town when he was a small child. His ancestry: Asa Piper 7 (Simeon, Jr., 6, Simeon, Sr., 5, James 4, James 3, Edward 2, James 1) Cate, the first of this family being found as a carpenter at Portsmouth in 1657. (See pamphlet, "The Cate-Cates Family of New England.") The family were of Portsmouth, Greenland and Stratham before James 4 came to Sanbornton in 1767. Asa was brought up in Northfleld, attended the academies of Sanbornton Bridge, Sanbornton Square and Boscawen and afterwards read law with Judge George W. Nesmith of Franklin, beginning in December, 1834. He was admitted to the bar in August, 1838, and at once began practice at Sanbornton Bridge, making his home in Northfleld for the rest of his life. He married, September 2, 1840, Clara, daughter of James and Abagall Ladd Proctor of Franklin, a lady of fine presence, of high standards, a fine contralto singer and devoted churchwoman. They had two children, Clara Morton and Abble Josephine, wife of Rev. Lucius Waterman. The former, born May 30, 1841, was a graduate of Troy Female Seminary, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., class of 1862. The latter, Abbie, born October 3, 1849, was for years an accomplished teacher on the pianoforte. Dr. Waterman is rector of St . Thomas' Episcopal Church at Hanover. Judge Cate lived a very quiet and simple life, a man wholly without self-seeking but crowned with the absolute confidence of the community and much sought after for the holding of offices and trusts. Thus he was moderator at the town elections for all the years, with but two exceptions, from 1838 to 1874, the year of his death, and at seven presidential elections, first in 1844, and then consecutively from 1852 to 1872. He was a representative from Northfleld in the state Legislatures of 1839, 1840, 1864, 1865, 1866, a member of the state Senate in 1844 and 1845, and president of the Senate in the latter year. He was Democratic candidate for governor in 1858, 1859 and 1860; county solicitor of Merrimack County, 1845-1851; judge of probate for the same county, 1871-74, resigning a few weeks before his death. He was also a railroad commissioner for three years, beginning from 1849, when railroad men were making their early struggles. He served in the state militia, reaching the rank of colonel; was a trustee of the New Hampshire Conference Seminary and secretary of the board for some years; and president of the Citizens' National Bank of Tilton from its organization in 1865. He was also one of the foremost founders and for years the chief helper of the Episcopal Church. His life was cut short by painful disease in his 61st year, the date of his death being December 12, 1874. Judge Cate was a man singularly respected and beloved. To give some little definiteness to this memorial, we add a brief extract from the address delivered at his funeral by the Rev. Dr. Herrick: "It is no small thing to have had such a life lived among us, so pure and blameless and above reproach; so graced with dignity and manliness of character, and withal so Christian."

Note: The Democratic Republican Party was founded in 1792, and dissolved in 1825, when it became the official Republican party. The Andrew Jackson quote is interesting, as very soon after the country would was embroiled in the American Civil War. A beautiful old original antique political piece, found recently in Western Massachusetts.

Size: 3.25 x 7 inches
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