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Hunter, R. M. T. (Robert Mercer Taliaferro) (1809-1887) Speech of Hon. Robert M. T. Hunter, of Virginia, on the resolutions of the Massachusetts legislature concerning the assault on Mr. Sumner.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00267.003 Author/Creator: Hunter, R. M. T. (Robert Mercer Taliaferro) (1809-1887) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlet signed Date: 1856 Pagination: 12 p. ; 22.5 x 14.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed by Hunter on a a piece of paper pasted to the title page. Delivered in the senate of the United States, 24 June 1856. Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, Washington, D.C. Hunter was a senator from Virginia.

Background Information: Sumner was beaten on the Senate floor by South Carolina representative Preston Brooks after his "Crime Against Kansas," speech in which he argued Kansas should be admitted to the Union ...as a free state.See More

People: Hunter, Robert Mercer Taliaferro, 1809-1887

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Bleeding KansasStatehoodAfrican American HistorySlaveryAbolitionReform MovementCongressInjury or WoundGovernment and Civics

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