Just in from celebrating the Fourth with the kids ... this involved a long drive and a lot of fun.
So in lieu of a well-considered blog entry, I offer this headline from July 16, 1920, which I retrieved from the microfilm records of the Plattsburgh Daily Republican probably a week or two prior to July 16, 1995, when I was researching the "75 Years Ago" segment of a piece I did each week.
It caught my eye.
The fact that it didn't apparently catch a copy editor's eye suggests that either the phrase didn't have that meaning back then, or the Lt. Gov. was from an opposing party.