GOVERNOR'S BIENNIAL MESSAGE, DELIVERED TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, DECEMBER 2D 1856. James W. Grimes.

GOVERNOR'S BIENNIAL MESSAGE, DELIVERED TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, DECEMBER 2D 1856.

[Iowa City? 1856]. 14pp, disbound. Lightly tanned, minor dustsoiling to outer leaves, small chip to top corner of title page. Occasional minor fading of text. Good+.

Free Soil men of all political stripes-- Whigs, Republicans, Anti-Nebraska Democrats-- elected Grimes, an opponent of slavery, Iowa's third Governor in 1854. he "made Iowa Republican, and allied it with the loyal states," believing that "the great issue was the extension or non-extension of slavery into the territories" [DAB]. He was a United States Senator from 1859-1869, and cast the decisive vote saving President Andrew Johnson from conviction after the House of Representatives had impeached him.
Grimes denounces the violence perpetrated in Kansas against Free State settlers. The President, he says, "failed to interpose his authority for the protection of the free state people in Kansas." Grimes thus proclaims "the right and duty of the State to protect the rights of her former citizens in Kansas, when the federal government fails to perform that duty."
Not located on OCLC as of May 2015. Item #32020

Price: $250.00

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