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Friday, August 19, 2005

Stephen Douglas and the Territories Committee chair

A note for possible future investigation:

Douglas was three terms in the House before being elected to the Senate for the 30th Congress.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Territories for the 30th was - Douglas!

I realise that the seniority system that later entrenched Southern power had yet to mature. But getting the chairmanship of such a politically useful committee in one's first year of Senate service?

I don't get it.

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