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Kelley, William D. (1814-1890) The Conscription

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01265.21 Author/Creator: Kelley, William D. (1814-1890) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Pamphlet Date: 1863 Pagination: 39 p. ; 22 x 14 cm.

Includes several speeches given by Honorable William D. Kelley (of Pennsylvania) before members of the House of Representatives on February 24, 1863, December 19, 1862, and January 1863. His speeches vary in topic including the Conscription Act, attaining and securing peace, and arming negroes. Also includes a letter from Salmon P. Chase dated April 9, 1863.

Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., April 12, 1814; pursued classical studies; apprentice in a jewelry establishment 1828-1835; moved to Boston, Mass, in 1835 and was engaged as a journeyman jeweler; returned to Philadelphia in 1840; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 and practiced in Philadelphia, Pa.; deputy prosecuting attorney for the city and county of Philadelphia in 1845 and 1846; judge of the court of common pleas for Philadelphia 1846-1856; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1861, until his death in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1890; chairman, Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures (Fortieth, Forty-first, and Forty-second Congresses), Committee on Ways and Means (Forty-seventh Congress), Committee on Manufactures (Fifty-first Congess).

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