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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

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Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Joshua Reed Giddings Letter, 1862



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Giddings, Joshua Reed, 1795-1864
Title: Giddings, Joshua Reed, Letter
Dates: 1862
Abstract: The Joshua Reed Giddings Letter, 1862, was written by Giddings to Senator William P. Fessenden regarding to the appointment of consuls.
Accession No.: 2011-211
Extent: 1 item
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

American statesman and prominent opponent of slavery, Joshua Reed Giddings (1795-1864) was born in Pennsylvania to farmer Joshua Giddings and Elizabeth Pease. As a child, the family moved to Ohio’s Western Reserve, where Joshua Reed Giddings would live for the rest of his life. In 1821, with no formal education, Giddings was admitted to the Ohio bar. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1826-1827, and the United States House between 1838 and 1859; first running as a Whig, then a Free-soiler, followed by a stint in the Opposition party before ending his career as a Republican.

A prominent opponent of slavery, Giddings argued that slavery was a state institution and thus should be abolished in the District of Columbia and the Territories. Known for his violent language and support of slave uprisings as well as condemning the annexation of Texas, the Mexican War, the 1850 Compromises, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Giddings was also active in the Underground Railroad throughout his life. After failing to be nominated in 1859, Giddings spent the reminder of his life in Canada as the U. S. consul general.

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Scope and Contents

The Joshua Reed Giddings Letter, 1862, was written by Giddings to Senator William P. Fessenden regarding to the appointment of consuls.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Giddings, Joshua R. (Joshua Reed), 1795-1864 -- Archives.
Fessenden, William Pitt, 1806-1869
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Dept. of State.
Subjects
Diplomatic and consular service, American -- 19th century

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Related Material

See also GIDDINGS, Joshua Reed, 1795-1864. Guide to Research Collections at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joshua Reed Giddings Letter, 1862, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ryder Kouba, December 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3E320 Letter to William P. Fessenden, 1862

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