American Meetings—The Banner County in Motion.
At a meeting of Davidson County Council held at the Court House in Nashville, on Saturday the 26th of January, John Morrow, Esq, was called to the Chair as President pro tem. and C. W. Nance, Esq., requested to act as Secretary.
On motion, it was resolved that the Convention now proceed to appointment of delegates to the State Convention to assemble in this City on the 12th proximo; and the following gentlemen were selected:
1st District—Neil S. Brown, John A. McEwen, L. M. Temple, E. D. Farnsworth, Henry Maney, John G. Ferguson, Wm. Hy. Smith, Herman Cox, John Coltart, Michael Vaughan, John D. Kelly, Edward W. East, Jon. Hugh Smith, A. L. Davis, Boyd McNairy, Warren Jackson, Russell Houston, R. C. McNairy, W. Birchett, A. L. Demoss, Jno. Reid, D. T. McGavock, H. N. Myers.
2nd Dist—James Shelton, James Gray.
3rd Dist—James Whitworth, R. H. Wallace.
4th Dist—B. F. Gleaves, T. B. Page.
5th Dist—James Matlock, A. F. Goff.
6th Dist—J. H. Austin, Ruffin Vaughn.
7th Dist—Andrew J. Baker, D. F. Thompson.
8th Dist—Geo. W. Spain, H. T. Patterson,
9th Dist—And. Gregory, E. M. Patterson.
10th Dist—Wm. N. Bilbo, Saml. P. Ament.
11th Dist—John B. Murry, Nelson Allen,
12th Dist—Robert Joslin, Lorenzo D. Gower.
13th Dist—C G Lovell, Thos. J. Hale,
14th Dist—James S. Demoss, Wm. Jordan.
15th Dist—Joel Mays, John Haley, Sr.
16th Dist—Moses Joens, Roger Pegram.
17th Dist—Jas. S. Bell, Dr. W. J. Carter,
18th Dist—John S. Brien, A. W. Johnson.
19th Dist—S. S. Hall, B. Embry.
20th Dist—E P. Counell, Nicholas Haley.
21th Dist—Wm. B. Ewing, Thos. T. Sanders.
22nd Dist—Jos. L. Ewing, George Gill.
23rd Dist—Robert A. Barnes, Benj Drake.
24th Dist—F. G. Earthman, W. S. Whiteman.
25th Dist—Eli Darrow, D. H. Wilkins.
On motion of Mr. J. F. Morgan, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:
WHEREAS, While we in common with our brethren throughout the State and nation have witnessed with painful anxiety and regret the prolonged and bitter contest for an organization which has for several weeks been maintained in the National House of Representatives, yet we have observed with hearty satisfaction the noble stand which the Americans in that body have taken in behalf of Nationalism, and preservation of the integrity of the Constitution, and the maintenance of the Union, in defiance of the open and avowed sectionalism of undisguised abolitionism; and in spite of disorganizing intriguers, who, under the cloak of a pseudo-nationality, and for the promotion of a party triumph, have persisted in supporting a man whose record has been proved unsound, and in direct antagonism to the interests of Southern people and the constitutional doctrine on the subject of slavery,
Therefore, Resolved, That the American party of Davidson county cordially endorses the conduct of the National Americans who have consistently adhered to HENRY M. FULLER, of Pennsylvania, whose sound conservative and constitutional views, are alike honorable to his head and heart, and meet our unqualified approbation.
Resolved, That Tennessee and the country at large owe a debt of gratitude to the Hon. FELIX K. ZOLLICOFFER, the above and indefatigable representative from this District, for his eminent services as one of the most conspicuous leaders of his party on the floor of the House; and that we, his immediate constituents, fully appreciate his sterling worth as a private citizen, and his patriotic devotion as a public man.
Resolved, That it is our opinion that the members of the American party in Tennessee have endured long enough the bitter and denunciatory course which our opponents have seen fit to pursue towards them, and we recommend them to enter the coming Presidential contest in the spirit of men conscious of the rectitude of their motives and principles and resolved at all hazards to defend them as such.
In a spirit of harmony and good feeling the meeting then adjourned.
JNO. MORROW, Pres't pro tem.
C. W. NANCE, Sec'y pro tem.
Reference: Nashville Daily Patriot (Nashville, TN) 28 Jan 1856, p. 3 as indexed at Chronicling America, Historic American Newspapers, National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress, accessed September 2014