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Favorable or Unfavorable #478: William D Kelley


Favorable or Unfavorable #478: William D Kelley  

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WD Kelley of PA is obscure today, but he was a significant figure of his time. A lot of the PA politicians get overshadowed by NY and MA politicians in the 19th and 20th centuries it seems. 

His actions:

Kelley, William D. 1854 Anti-slavery Democrat leaves the party to help found the GOP
Kelley, William D. 1860 Is among those given the honor of informing Lincoln personally of his nomination for president
Kelley, William D. 1862 protectionist stand, so much so that he only wore US-made clothing
Kelley, William D. 1866 Introduces bill to grant voting rights to blacks in DC (vetoed by Johnson but overridden)
Kelley, William D. 1867 goes south to address freedmen audiences
Kelley, William D. 1871 First to suggest what would become Yellowstone National Park
Kelley, William D. 1873 Loosely connected to Credit Mobilier scandal but was never censured or otherwise punished as others were
Kelley, William D. 1862? Urges the recruitment of black troops
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