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Stephen A. Douglas
Civil War Encyclopedia >> People - Union Political
April 23, 1813 Stephen A. Douglas born, Brandon, Rutland County, VT.
August 8, 1846 U. S. President James Polk requests 2 million dollars to purchase land from Mexico following the Mexican-American War. David Wilmot of Pennsylvania attaches the "Wilmot Proviso" to this bill. It passes in the House but is tabled in the Senate. Pennsylvania
  Wilmot Proviso
  Wilmot Proviso [full text]
  Causes of the Civil War
  James Polk
  John A. McClernand
December 11, 1848 Stephen Douglas introduces a bill in the Senate calling for the formation of the Mexican cessions into a single state.
March 25, 1850 The original bills of the Compromise of 1850 are completed. They were written individually by Stephen Douglas
  Compromise of 1850
June 1, 1852 Democratic Convention begins in Baltimore, Maryland. Four candidates, Lewis Cass, Stephen Douglas, William Marcy and James Buchanan struggle for philosophical control of the Democrat Party. On the 35th ballot the name of Franklin Pierce is added by the state of Virginia
  James Buchanan
  Election of 1852
  Franklin Pierce
  Democratic Party
December 5, 1853 Committee on Territories, chaired by Stephen Douglas, begins hearings on the Nebraska statehood bill passed by the U. S. House
January 4, 1854 Committee of Terrortories chairman Stephen Douglas reports the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
  Kansas-Nebraska Act
January 23, 1854 Following a discussion with Franklin Pierce and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, Douglas releases the Nebraska act with two significant changes: Two terrortories, Kansas and Nebraska will be formed and the Missouri Compromise is superceded and inoperative.
  Jefferson Davis
  Franklin Pierce
  Kansas-Nebraska Act
  Missouri Compromise (Compromise of 1820)
February 7, 1854 Steven Douglas resubmits the Nebraska Act as the Kansas-Nebraska Act and extends the law of the United States to the territories.
  Kansas-Nebraska Act
March 3, 1854
March 4, 1854
Stephen Douglas stands his ground in the Senate as he closes debate on the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Biographers consider this to be one of his shining moments. Finally, at 5:00 am on the 4th, the Senate passes the bill, 37 to 14
  Kansas-Nebraska Act
June 2, 1856
June 6, 1856
Democratic Convention - After 14 ballots, sitting President Franklin Pierce withdraws his name from nomination. Stephen Douglas withdraws at the end of the 16th ballot. James Buchanan is nominated by acclamation Maryland
  Election of 1856
  James Buchanan
  Franklin Pierce
  Democratic Party
December 9, 1857 Breaking with the Democrats, Stephen Douglas announces he is against the Lecompton Constitution Kansas
  Lecompton Constitution
  Democratic Party
February 2, 1858 President Buchanan reiterates his support of the Lecompton Constitution to the Senate, which accepts the document 32-25 over the objections of Stephen Douglas Kansas
  James Buchanan
  Lecompton Constitution
  English Bill
June 15, 1858 Abraham Lincoln makes his "House Divided" speech before the Illinois Republican Convention to kick off his senatorial run against Stephen Douglas Illinois
  A House Divided [Full Text]
  Abraham Lincoln
  Republican Party
August 21, 1858 First of seven Lincoln-Douglas debates Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
August 27, 1858 Second Lincoln-Douglas debate, Freeport, Illinois Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
September 15, 1858 Third Lincoln-Douglas debate Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
September 18, 1858 Fourth Lincoln-Douglas debate, Charleston, Illinois Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
October 7, 1858 Fifth Lincoln-Douglas debate, Galesburg, Illinois Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
October 13, 1858 Sixth Lincoln-Douglas debate, Quincy, Illinois Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
October 15, 1858 Seventh Lincoln-Douglas debate, Alton, Illinois Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
June 18, 1860
June 23, 1860
The Democrats reconvene in Baltimore to select a nominee, but Douglas can't make the necessary 2/3 majority until the anti-Douglas delegates leave on June 22 and the floor rules are changed to require 2/3 vote of the members present. On June 23rd the Convention nominates Stephen Douglas and Herschal V. Johnson Maryland
  The Election of 1860
  1860 Democratic National Convention
  1860 Democratic Party Platform
  Democratic Party
November 6, 1860 Republican Abraham Lincoln wins the Presidential election with 39.7% of the vote, defeating Stephen Douglas, John Breckinridge and John Bell.
  Abraham Lincoln
  Causes of the Civil War
  John Breckinridge
  The Election of 1860
  Republican Party
June 3, 1861 Stephen A. Douglas dies from typhoid fever, Chicago, IL


Douglas was one of three northerners in the House of Representatives to vote against the Wilmot Proviso.

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