Giddings, Joshua Reed

Joshua Reed Giddings, detail

Joshua Giddings was an anti-slavery congressman who became a hero to the abolitionist movement when he resigned his seat in Congress in 1842 following a censure for his role in the Creole case, an incident concerning a slave uprising at sea, only to win back the seat through a special election. Giddings was a Whig who befriended fellow Whig Abraham Lincoln when they served together in Congress during the late 1840s. Giddings later became a leading Republican during the 1850s and served as a minor diplomat for the Lincoln Administration during the Civil War. (By Matthew Pinsker)

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Life Summary

Full name
  Joshua Reed Giddings
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Death Date Certainty
Sectional choice
  Free State
  Attorney or Judge
Relation to Slavery
  White non-slaveholder
  US military (Pre-Civil War)

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Major Topics


Date Title
01/01/1857 Washington (DC) National Era, “The Republican Platform,” January 1, 1857
01/03/1857 Richmond (VA) Dispatch, "A Case in Point," January 3, 1857
01/16/1857 New York Times, “The Tariff Bill,” January 16, 1857
02/27/1857 Theodore Parker to Charles Sumner, February 27, 1857
06/17/1858 Fayetteville (NC) Observer, "A New Deposite [Deposit] Bill," June 17, 1858
06/27/1858 New York Herald, “The Hon. Joshua R. Giddings vs. the Administration and the Slave Power,” June 27, 1858
11/15/1858 New York Herald, “An Abolitionist in a Slave State,” November 15, 1858
03/09/1859 Charleston (SC) Mercury, “The Union of the South,” March 9, 1859
04/11/1859 Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Democratic Prospects,” April 11, 1859
05/09/1859 New York Times, “Growing Ferocious,” May 9, 1859
05/18/1859 Lowell (MA) Citizen & News, “The Oberlin Slave Rescue Cases,” May 18, 1859
05/30/1859 Fayetteville (NC) Observer, “Respect for Law,” May 30, 1859
10/25/1859 Richmond (VA) Dispatch, “The Madness of Brown,” October 25, 1859
10/27/1859 Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, "Bleeding Kansas," October 27, 1859
10/27/1859 Philadelphia (PA) Christian Observer, "A Regular Abolition Conspiracy," October 27, 1859
10/29/1859 William T. Sherman to Ellen Sherman, October 29, 1859
10/31/1859 Fayetteville (NC) Observer, "Political Effect," October 31, 1859
11/02/1859 Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, "They Have Overdone It!," November 2, 1859
11/18/1859 Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, "A Recoil of the Gun," November 18, 1859
01/30/1860 Fayetteville (NC) Observer, “Harper’s Ferry Items,” January 30, 1860
02/11/1860 New York Times, “The Senatorial Inquisition,” February 11, 1860
03/02/1860 New York Times, “Helper’s Book and the Republicans,” March 2, 1860
03/26/1860 William Wilkins to James Watson Webb, March 26, 1860
06/01/1860 Newark (OH) Advocate, “Abraham Lincoln,” June 1, 1860
10/28/1860 New York Herald, “Helper and His Black Republican Endorsers,” October 28, 1860
03/24/1861 New York Herald, “Honor to Abolitionism Pure and Simple,” March 24, 1861