Douglas, Stephen A.

Free frank signature of “The Little Giant”, Lincoln's rival in politics and love

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(1813-1861) “The Little Giant”, Illinois US Senator 1847-61, best known for 1858 debates with Lincoln, whom Douglas bested in their Senate race. As Chairman of Committee on Territories, Douglas dominated the Senate in the 1850s, and was largely responsible for the Compromise of 1850 that temporarily settled slavery issues. He passed the Compromise by dividing it into separate bills and arranged a different majority for each. However, in 1854, he reopened the slavery question with the highly controversial Kansas-Nebraska Act. The protest movement against this, in part, led to creation of the Republican Party. Douglas supported the 1857 Dred Scott Supreme Court decision. He briefly courted Mary Todd, who married Abraham Lincoln instead. 1860 (Northern) Democratic Party presidential candidate, lost to Lincoln, receiving 1,375,157 popular votes but only 12 electoral votes (4th of the 4 candidates). Frameable "free S. A. Douglas" 1 x 3 signature clipped from a free franked envelope, likely while Illinois US Senator, partial Washington Dec. 26 (no year) free postmark at top right.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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