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Dorr, Thomas Wilson (1805-1854) General Orders

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05757.05 Author/Creator: Dorr, Thomas Wilson (1805-1854) Place Written: Gloucester, Rhode Island Type: Autograph document signed Date: 25 June 1842 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Governor Dorr sent this order with a letter (see GLC05757.03) to Millard, Low, & Miller, publishers of the Daily Express. Orders the mobilization of volunteer forces. "It has become the duty of all our citizenship who believe that the People are sovereign, and have a right to make and alter their forms of government, now to sustain by all necessary means, the Constitution adopted by the People of this State, and the Government elected under the same." Several edits. Dorr, then an illegitimate governor, led the Dorr Rebellion over suffrage rights in Rhode Island.

People: Dorr, Thomas Wilson, 1805-1854.
Millard, Low, & Miller, fl. 1842.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Dorr Rebellion, Rebellion, Government and Civics, State Constitution, Election, Politics, Suffrage, Journalism

Sub Era: Age of Jackson