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Phillips, Wendell (1811-1884) Argument of Wendell Phillips, Esq. before the Committee on Federal Relations, (of the Massachusetts Legislature,) ...

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00267.149 Author/Creator: Phillips, Wendell (1811-1884) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Pamphlet signed Date: 1855 Pagination: 41 p. ; 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Title continues "... in support of the petitions for the removal of Edward Greely Loring from the office of Judge of Probate." Inscribed with the initials W.P. to Albert G. Brown. Calls for the removal of Massachusetts probate Judge Loring because he ordered two fugitive slaves to be forced back into slavery under the federal Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. Printed by J.B. Yerrinton & Son, Boston. Albert Gallatin Brown was a Democratic senator from Mississippi.

Background Information: In 1851 an escaped slave, Thomas Sims, was captured in Boston, and Loring ordered him to return to slavery in the South, sparking outrage from Boston abolitionists. In 1854, Loring ordered another ...escaped slave, Anthony Burns, to be returned to slavery in Virginia. Following the Burns decision, abolitionists, led by William Lloyd Garrison, agitated for Loring to be removed from his office as probate judge. These attempts were unsuccessful while Governor Henry J. Gardner was in office. In 1858, a new governor was elected, Nathaniel Prentice Banks, and the legislature passed another bill against Loring. Banks complied with the bill and removed him from office.See More

People: Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884
Loring, Edward G. (Edward Greely)., 1802-1890
Burns, Anthony, 1834-1862
Loring, Edward G. (Edward Greely)., 1802-1890

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: ImpeachmentJudiciaryAfrican American HistorySlaveryFugitive Slave ActRunaway SlaveLawGovernment and CivicsAbolitionReform MovementAmerican Anti-Slavery Society Member

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