From John G. Jackson
Clarksburg Novr. 17th. 1810
We have just closed the warmest contested Election here I ever witnessed. McKinley whom you know was the Republican candidate Wilson who ran twice against me the federal one the votes were on the 4th. day at night in this County (Harrison)
J G Jackson
1. William McKinley was elected to replace Jackson in the first Virginia congressional district following the latter’s resignation after his inability to recover fully from the wounds he had received in his duel with Joseph Pearson (see PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (3 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 2:125 and n. 2). In the April 1811 election for the Twelfth Congress, however, McKinley lost the seat to his Federalist opponent, Thomas Wilson (see Jackson to JM, 19 Apr. 1811).
2. The delegates from Ohio County, Virginia, had been excluded from the amnesty arranged on 21–23 Aug. 1794 by the U.S. commissioners and a committee of delegates representing the various counties involved in the Whiskey Rebellion. McKinley had been a member of the Ohio County delegation, and he was, therefore, among those who were exempted from the “full, free, and entire pardon” for the Whiskey rebels issued by Virginia governor Henry Lee in the name of the president on 29 Nov. 1794 (see Syrett and Cooke, Papers of Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and Jacob E. Cooke, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (26 vols.; New York, 1961–79). description ends , 17:131 n. 3, 378, 380 n. 14).