Of ordinary firmness

For pity while standing at the polls:

A man carrying a musket rushed at him. Another threw a brick, knocking him off his feet.

He never did cast his vote. Nor did his brother, who died of his wounds.

Three months later, when the House of Representatives convened hearings into the election, victory was upheld on the ground that “any man of ordinary courage” could have made his way to the polls.