IN THE middays of the New Yorker, its editor wrote copy for a daily campaign paper called the Constitution, which was published during a hot mayoralty campaign by A. R. Crane. The Constitution supported Gulian C. Verplanck for mayor of New York, on the Whig ticket, against Cornelius W. Lawrence, Democrat. Lawrence won, after a furious local campaign, by three hundred and eighty-four votes. His name survives on a fire-boat in New York harbor. The Whigs had, however, a majority of the Common Council, and their success encouraged them mightily, including Greeley, who thus had his first taste of blood in the political arena.
The activities of Greeley were great enough to secure him the offer of a nomination for assemblyman on the Whig ticket, which he very sensibly declined, though he might have been elected. The panic of 1837 reacted upon the party in power, after the fashion of such commercial cataclysms, and the Whigs won a great triumph in the fall election, choosing one hundred out of the one hundred and twenty-eight assemblymen. This big majority was not able to do much, as the State Senate, being chosen one-fourth every year, contained enough Democratic survivors to cir