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In Memphis, U.S. Senator Andrew Johnson of Tennessee is hanged in effigy

Andrew Johnson, detail
12/22/1860
Senator Andrew Johnson of Tennessee had given a strong Unionist speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate that refuted any claims that the Constitution permitted secession and denounced the fanaticism of its supporters.  Three days later, in Memphis, a large secessionist meeting congratulating South Carolina on its leaving the Union, hanged Senator Johnson in effigy. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Crisis of Disunion," New York Times, December 20, 1860.
 Eugene M. Wait, Opening of the Civil War (Commack, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 1999), 32.

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