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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) to Governor Chase, Ohio

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.24 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 30 January 1856 Pagination: 4 p. ; 31.7 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Smith writes to Salmon Portland Chase, Governor of Ohio, also an abolitionist. Expresses his disappointment in Chase's Inaugural Address: "The habit of the whole country is to justify the pretensions of slavery, and, therefore, to adopt the slaveholders' interpretations of the Constitution:- and even Salmon P. Chase is so enslaved to this miserable and guilty habit, as to lack courage and energy to break out of it."

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
Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Government and CivicsInaugurationInaugural AddressReform MovementAbolitionSlaveryAfrican American HistoryUS Constitution

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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