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Douglas, Stephen Arnold (1813-1861) to Emanuel Bernard Hart

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02975 Author/Creator: Douglas, Stephen Arnold (1813-1861) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 December 1851 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 25.1 x 20 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02975 Author/Creator: Douglas, Stephen Arnold (1813-1861) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 December 1851 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 25.1 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Douglas writes to Hart, a United States Representative from New York: "A thousand thanks for your letter & for the efforts of our friends in the empire city. If I had a few such friends everywhere the battle would be soon won" (possibly referring to his attempt to become the Democratic Presidential candidate in 1852). Sends his regards to mutual acquaintances Sickles & Field (possibly other Democrats from New York).

Background Information: Douglas was a Representative from Illinois 1843-1846, and Senator 1847-1862. He was the unsuccessful candidate for the nomination for President on the Democratic ticket in 1852 and 1856, and was an unsuccessful ...Presidential candidate in 1860.See More

People: Douglas, Stephen Arnold, 1813-1861
Hart, Emanuel Bernard, 1809-1897
Field, David Dudley, 1805-1894
Sickles, Daniel Edgar, 1819-1914

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PoliticsElectionCongressGovernment and CivicsDemocratic PartyPresident

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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