The election of 1902 is regarded as the most spirited election in Harrisburg history. This election pitted Republican Samuel Hassler against Democrat Vance McCormick, the owner of the Patriot newspaper. The owner of the competing newspaper, the Telegraph, backed Hassler and used his influence at the newspaper to show his support of Hassler. Meanwhile, McCormick used his influence at the Patriot to do the same, launching a newspaper war in Harrisburg over the election. On this page, you can look through newspaper clippings about McCormick and those who endorsed him for the 1902 election.