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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1858
|Andrew Johnson to D. J. Patterson discussing appointments, politicians and the Democratic party
|23 January 1858
|Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875)
|Patterson, D. J.
|Discusses appointments and mentions helping a mutual friend, John H. Craff and that the appointment of a "John Hural (?) a route agent on the Va [and] E Tenn Rail Road amounts to nothing..." Writes that he is "inclined to think though [James Buchanan] has much more strength through the country than he has in Congress..." and that Buchanan "needs will and decision of character while he seems to have a good deal of it in conversation! but he is timed and hesitating in practice..." Assesses Stephen Douglas's future within the Democratic party. "[Douglas] was of the opinion that he could...identify himself with the antislavery feeling of the north and at the same time hold onto his strength in the South, but instead of doing this he has failed in both..." Last two pages are attached to a border.
|Democratic Party Office Seeker Railroad Politics President Congress Government and Civics Slavery Abolition Reform Movement African American History
|Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875) Douglas, Stephen Arnold (1813-1861) Buchanan, James (1791-1868)
|Government & Politics; The Presidency; Slavery & Abolition; African Americans
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Buchanan was a Democratic-Republican Representative and later Democratic Senator of Pennsylvania who served from 1821-1846. He became the fifteenth President and was nominated in 1856 largely because he was in England during the Kansas-Nebraska debate and thus remained untainted by either side of the issue. Douglas was largely responsible for the Compromise of 1850 that apparently settled slavery issues. However in 1854 he reopened the slavery question by the highly controversial Kansas Nebraska Act that allowed the people of the new territories to decide for themselves whether or not to have slavery (which had been prohibited by earlier compromises).
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859