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Territorial Governor Samuel W. Black vetoes the Nebraska bill to abolish slavery

Nebraska, 1857, zoomable map
01/09/1860
Both houses of the Nebraska legislature had voted the week before to abolish slavery in the territory, to become effective in July of that year.  There were only around ten slaves held in Nebraska in 1860 but the Buchanan-appointed territorial governor, Samuel W. Black, vetoed the bill on constitutional grounds.  A similar bill passed a year later.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 8.

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