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Dorr, Thomas Wilson (1805-1854) to Moses Norris, Jr., Thomas Chandler, Reuben Davis, Franklin Pierce, Nathan Felton, and Samuel Swasey, & others

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05757.09 Author/Creator: Dorr, Thomas Wilson (1805-1854) Place Written: Concord, New Hampshire Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 December 1842 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 25.5 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Responds to a letter from 141 Democratic Republican members of the New Hampshire legislature and citizenry (see GLC05757.08). Thanks them for their support and accepts their invitation to speak about Rhode Island's citizen's thwarted attempt to enact a new Constitution, Equal rights and suffrage. Dorr, then an illegitimate governor, led the Dorr Rebellion over suffrage rights in Rhode Island.

Background Information:

People: Dorr, Thomas Wilson, 1805-1854
Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869
Norris, Moses, Jr., 1799-1855
Chandler, Thomas, 1772-1866
Davis, Reuben, fl. 1844-1846
Felton, Nathan Buckman, 1798-1876
Swasey, Samuel, 1804-1887

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Dorr RebellionRebellionGovernment and CivicsState ConstitutionElectionPoliticsSuffrageDemocratic PartyPresident

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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