John Lambert Cadwalader, Collector of the Port of Philadelphia: Chester Times article, Race for Deputy Collector, Chester, Pennsylvania, About August, 1885, Col. 3
RACE FOR DEPUTY COLLECTOR
The Efforts Being Made to Secure Samuel Lyon’s Position in this City
President Cleveland last week appointed John Cadwalader as Collector of the Port of Philadelphia, in place of General Hartranft, who has ably filled that position for the past four years. In making his changes in that department Mr. Cadwalader will discover that the city of Chester is entitled to his consideration to the extent of one appointment, that of Deputy Collector of the Port. The present incumbent is Samuel Lyons, Esq., and the Democrats who desire to step into his shoes are numerous, although in the opinion of most of the members of that party with whom we have talked the actual contest has narrowed down to two persons.
Peter Mundy, the Market street grocer, was months ago spoken of as a candidate for that place as soon as any change was contemplated, and his claims have since been steadily advanced by zealous friends. This gentleman is highly esteemed by all citizens, both in and out of his own party. He has been a resident of the Middle ward for over 25 years, 20 years of which time he has voted the Democratic ticket, besides taking an active part in all organizations and movements of his party. Besides this he is a gentleman of sound business ability, and ranks high in the estimation of the public.
Mr. Mundy’s principal rival in the race is John B. Sanville, the South ward spar builder, whose petition is being extensively signed. Mr. Sanville’s friends claim that he is especially adapted to the position from his through knowledge of vessels and shipping interests.
Some of our citizens are inclined to doubt the appointment of anybody to this post. They say that the office was originally created as a favor to the Hon. William Ward, then member of Congress from this district, but now that the era of retrenchment has been inaugurated it may be considered unnecessary extravagance to support such an office here any longer. However, this may be, of course, only time and the action of Collector Cadwalader can tell.
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