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DANIEL, William, candidate for the vice-presidency, born on Deal's island, Somerset County, Maryland, 24 He was graduated at Dickinson College in 1848, and admitted to the bar in 1851. He was elected to the legislature in 1853, and introduced a bill similar to the Maine liquor law, was re-elected on the temperance issue by the American party, and on the completion of his term sent to the state senate in 1857 as a supporter of local option. After the first session he resigned, and removed to Baltimore. He became an earnest anti-slavery republican, and in 1864 was a member of the State constitutional convention for the emancipation of the slaves. He was chosen president of the Maryland temperance alliance on its organization in 1872, and continued in that post in subsequent years. Through the efforts of that society and the energy and eloquence of its president, the Maryland option law was enacted, and adopted by thirteen counties of the twenty-three composing the state. On 14 July 1884, the alliance joined the national prohibition party. Mr. Daniel appeared at the head of the Maryland delegation in the prohibitionist convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, acted as temporary chairman of the convention, and was nominated by it for vice-president of the United States. The St. John and Daniel ticket received 150,369 ballots, or 1"49 per cent. of the total popular vote.
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