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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) To the New York Tribune

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.23 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 17 July 1855 Pagination: 3 p. ; 31.2 x 19.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Smith discusses the Tribune's former claim that he was absent from the House of Representatives on the night of the Kansas-Nebraska Act's passage in 1854. Thanks the Tribune for finally admitting he was present in the House, and voted against the Bill. Wishes the Tribune would also acknowledge that he also made a speech against the Bill. Includes his argument against the Bill.

Background Information: Smith, a politician from New York, served as a U.S. Representative from 1853-1854. He was a noted philanthropist and social reformer active in anti-slavery campaigns and women's rights.

People: Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Reform MovementCongressLawSlaveryAfrican American HistoryAbolitionJournalismGovernment and Civics

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