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Unformatted text preview: member, passed a decree opposing the Exice tax. This gained peoples favor because people were tired of paying so many taxes. The fact that Swanwick was never admitted to Philadelphias social elite circles has a major effect on the voters mind. Voters could see him as a more accessible person and a person more in touch with their reality and their own problems. People like to be represented by someone that they can identify with, and Swanwick was closer to them than Fitzsimons. The last reason I believe was of mayor importance was that Swanwick was Protestant. Most of the voters were Protestants as well, either Lutherans or Quakers. Religion is a very important issue for most people. And Protestants would feel more comfortable with someone with their same believes and values to represent them....
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- Spring '11