Presidential Studies Reader by Robert P. Watson

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1 Following study at Bowdoin College young Franklin served his legal apprenticeship under the tutelage of future Supreme Court justice Levi Woodbury. Pierce was admitted to the bar in 1827 at age 22. Thereafter, his ascent in politics was meteoritic: elected to the House of Representatives at 27 and selected as a Senator at 32–the youngest man in the body at the time. 2 Pierce remained a popular political figure–twice offered the nomination for governor; elected to a further Senate term; and, extended the position of Attorney General by President 14 Michael J.

I was at the Treasury Department this morning,” he stated, “and the Secretary himself said . . ”55 In every single one of these matters, the position of the Secretary Chase won the day. McDougall’s mention of his early morning trip to the Secretary of the Treasury indicates that there was some behind the scenes politicking done by Chase. 56 Chase’s own diary indicates that giving dinners for congressmen was not atypical. ” Senators present were Fessenden, Sherman, William Howe (R-WI), James Simmons (R-RI), and James Pearce (D-MD).

Shannon traveled to the militia camp on the Wakarusa River only to learn that the Federal troops had not been dispatched, and that Colonel Sumner had refused to order his men into a potentially bloody fracas. Forced to negotiate, the governor gained a settlement that guaranteed the release of all free-soil prisoners and fair trials before a Federal Court. Despite the bitter cold of a prairie winter, free-soil delegates made their way to Topeka to approve their constitution and elect an extra-legal legislature and a territorial governor, the local chief of the Emigrant Aid Society, Charles Robinson.

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