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The way it was: County attorney election -- 1920
A campaign advertisement for incumbent Fremont County Attorney Joel Longenecker, pictured on Oct. 22, 1920. File photo

The way it was: County attorney election -- 1920

Oct 7, 2012 - Staff

The general election for Fremont County Attorney in 1920 featured two men who knew the job well.

Incumbent Republican Joel Longenecker was completing his first term in office and was opposed on the ballot by the man who had preceded him in office, Democrat Frank Michels. Both were from Lander.

The campaign was aggressive, with Michels urging voters to compare his record to Longenecker's expenses incurred in office, the number of convictions, acquittals, guilty pleas and cases dismissed by judges, claiming that he, Michels, had built a better record during his term from 1912-16 than Longenecker had done in 1916-20.

It was a Republican ear, with the residential ticket of Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge leading a big GOP showing nationwide, in Wyoming and in Fremont County. But one of just two Democrats elected among a dozen races was Michels, who unseated Longenecker by about 100 votes out of about 3,000 cast.

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