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DAVID WILMOT - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1849 CO-SIGNED BY: JOB MANN, CHESTER PIERCE BUTLER, ROBERT RENTOUL REED, THOMAS ROSS, JOHN W. HOWE, MILO MELANKTHON DIMMICK - HFSID 34870

Seven U. S. Congressmen who represented Pennsylvania in the 31st Congress - including David Wilmot, who introduced legislation to outlaw slavery in territory gained during the Mexican War sign on this album leaf

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DAVID WILMOT, CO-SIGNED BY: JOB MANN, CHESTER PIERCE BUTLER, ROBERT RENTOUL REED, THOMAS ROSS, JOHN W. HOWE, MILO MELANKTHON DIMMICK
Seven U. S. Congressmen who represented Pennsylvania in the 31st Congress - including David Wilmot, who introduced legislation to outlaw slavery in territory gained during the Mexican War sign on this album leaf
Signature: "J A Mann/Penna" by Mann, "J W Howe/Penna" by Howe, "Chester Butler/Wilkes-Barre Penna." by Butler, "Robt . R. Reed/Washington, Penna" by Reed, "David Wilmot/Towanda. Penna" by Wilmot, "Thos Ross, - Doylestown, - Penna -" by Ross and "M. M. Dimmick/Stroudsburg. Penna" by Dimmick, 6x7¼ album leaf. Titled in unknown hand: "Pennsylvania.". These seven men all represented Pennsylvania together in the House of Representatives during the 31st Congress. They represent three of the major parties from that time: Democrat, the defunct Whigs and the short-lived Free Soilers, an abolitionist party that made up much of the Republican party in the late 1850s. WILMOT (1814-1868, born in Bethany, Pennsylvania) was an American politician who represented the 12th District of Pennsylvania as a U. S. Congressman from 1845 to 1851 and as a Senator from 1861 to 1863. In 1847 and 1848, Democratic Wilmot introduced his Wilmot Proviso, an amendment which would outlaw slavery in the new territories obtained from Mexico as a result of the Mexican War. A $5 million appropriation for a territorial settlement to the Mexican War had been proposed in Congress. Twice passed by the House but defeated in the Senate, the Wilmot Proviso, an amendment to the appropriations bill, brought the issue of slavery to the forefront of the political issues that ultimately led to the Civil War. He later became a Republican and Free Soiler and was a delegate to the first Republican convention in 1856. In 1861, Wilmot was a delegate to the Peace Convention that tried to prevent the impending American Civil War. MANN (1795-1873, born in Bethel Township, Pennsylvania) was a Congressman from Pennsylvania, representing the 18th District as a Jacksonian from 1835 to 1837 and the 19th District as a Democrat 1847 to 1851. He also served as Pennsylvania state treasurer from 1842 to 1848 and was a member of the state House of Representatives there. BUTLER (1798-1850, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) represented Pennsylania's 11th District in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1847 until his death in 1850. REED (1807-1864, born in Washington, Pennsylvania) was elected as a Whig to represent Pennsylvania's 20th District in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1849 to 1851. ROSS (1806-1865, Easton, Pennsylvania) was a Democrat who was affiliated with the Anti-Masonic Party of the 1820s and 1830s. He represented Pennsylvania's 6th District in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1849 to 1853. HOWE (1801-1873, born in Maine) represented Pennsylvania's 22nd District in the U. S. House of Representatives as a Free Soiler from 1849 to 1851 and as a Whig from 1851 to 1853. DIMMICK (1811-1872, born in Milford, Pennsylvania) represented Pennsylvania's 10th District as a Democrat in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1849 to 1853. He also served as chairman of the House Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War. Lightly toned. Page has been torn neatly from album on left. Otherwise, fine condition.

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