100 Years Ago - July 18, 1914: “Edward R. Tinker, North Adams’ most remarkable citizen, who is widely known as the man who was instrumental in securing the nomination of Abraham Lincoln for the Presidency will reach his 92nd birthday on Monday. Except for the fact that he is obliged to use two canes to get around, his health, both physical and mental, is nothing short of marvelous for a man of his advanced years.
"Mr. Tinker was born in North Adams in 1822. It is doubtful if any man living, certainly there can’t be that many, has known more of the inside wheels of local, state and national politics than any clear eyed, keen thinking veteran of 92 years."
Edward R. Tinker became one of the most powerful political leaders of his time. He not only pushed successfully for Lincoln’s nomination for presidency but he did the same for Ulysses S. Grant as well. In the process he became good friends with both men.