This blog is the introduction and summary of the first episode of Kramer's political life. He had been elected -- with the support of the Republican Party -- to the city council in November 1869 for a one year term and was re-elected in 1870 for a two-year term. Following the local election held on November 6, 1871, the new city council met on Monday, November 13. Its first order of business was to elect a new president. However, that administrative task was quickly caught up in the morass of politics in which the Republican Party was deeply divided into two main factions. Kramer was affiliated with (although not a member of) the "regular" Republicans (also known as the "Minstrels), the faction headed by Sen. Powell Clayton. The other candidate, Dudley L. Jones, was backed by the "reform" Republicans, an anti-Powell group. The reform Republicans, known as the Brindle-tails, were in ascendancy in November 1871, and the four Little Rock aldermen (three new and one incumbent) elected that year were backed by that faction. The four other alderman, who were not up for re-election in 1871, were affiliated with the Minstrels.
At the city council's first meeting on November 13, 1871, the Minstrels and Brindle-tails had different ideas on who should be president of the council. This blog entry summarizes what happened at the meeting. The rest of the paper describes in more detail the political context of the balloting, what happened, and some unanswered questions. When the paper is completed, I will post a link to it here.
|Picture of Frederick Kramer from his|
Obituary in the Arkansas Echo, Sept. 11, 1896
|Little Rock City Hall, 1867 - 1907|