Hale, John P.

New Hampshire Free Soil/ Republican US Rep & Senator, 1852 Free Soil presidential candidate

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(1806-1873) New Hampshire lawyer, US Rep 1843-45, US Senator 1847-53 & 1855-65. The first senator to make a stand against slavery, he was a leading member of the Free Soil Party and its 1852 presidential nominee. In the House, he spoke out against the gag rule intended to put a stop to anti-slavery petitions. He opposed annexation of Texas on anti-slavery grounds. Hale set out to win New Hampshire over to the anti-slavery cause. He addressed meetings in every town and village in the state, carrying on a remarkable campaign known as the “Hale Storm of 1845.” The Free Soil senator was among the strongest opponents of the Mexican-American War in the Senate and also opposed flogging and the spirit ration in the Navy, and secured the abolition of the former in 1850, and of the latter in 1862. He was an unsuccessful candidate for President on the Free Soil ticket in 1852, losing to Democrat Franklin Pierce, his schoolmate at Bowdoin, a staunch political enemy of Hale's. Hale became a Republican and served as the chair of the Senate Republican Conference until 1862. Hale was Minister to Spain 1865–69. His daughter, Lucy Lambert Hale, was betrothed in 1865 to Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. She eventually married Senator William E. Chandler. Portraits of President Lincoln and Hale hang next to each other in the chambers of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Signature on a 2 x 6 ¼ partial autograph album page, Dover NH, May 1870.

Condition: Good, tad light, slight wrinkling
Type:Signature






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