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Favorable or Unfavorable #218: Henry Winter Davis


Favorable or Unfavorable #218: Henry Winter Davis  

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HW Davis of MD was arguably the most anti-slavery politician from a slave state to hold elected federal office. He died in 1865, so he misses the peak of Reconstruction. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened had he remained. 

He was a prototypical Know Nothing in the 1850s. He was also a cousin of Justice David Davis, who was in the previous poll. 

His actions:

Davis, Henry Winter 1853 Writes book arguing that the US and Russia as future opponents in the struggles of humanity
Davis, Henry Winter 1855 Joins Know Nothings on Whig collapse
Davis, Henry Winter 1856 Blames "un-American" Irish Catholic immigrants for Buchanan's election.
Davis, Henry Winter 1860 presses NM statehood as solution to secession crisis
Davis, Henry Winter 1860 Declines consideration for GOP VP; Supports Constitutional Union in 1860 election
Davis, Henry Winter 1861 Joins GOP to support the Union and to help end slavery
Davis, Henry Winter 1861 Pivital in keeping MD in the Union
Davis, Henry Winter 1863 brilliant Radical leader
Davis, Henry Winter 1863 Influential House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair. Served during second half of CW
Davis, Henry Winter 1864 Introduces report to the House condemning French invasion of Mexico
Davis, Henry Winter 1864 Lead role in abolition of slavery in MD
Davis, Henry Winter 1864 co-author of Wade-Davis Recon bill
Davis, Henry Winter 1864 Initially supports Fremont over Lincoln for pres, but then reluctantly supports Lincoln
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1 hour ago, vcczar said:

I'm overlooking his 1856 rhetoric for all the other good he did do. It takes courage to be anti-slavery in MD in the 1850s. 

Yeah, there's things here I'm generally opposed to, but I'm thinking given the context of the era and a politician from MD, grading on a curve he'd be favorable.

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