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The United States Senate passes President Lincoln's suggested resolution to help end slavery gradually

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04/02/1862
The U.S. Senate took up and passed the joint resolution President Lincoln had suggested a few weeks before to encourage an eventual end to slavery.  The "resolution declaring that Congress cooperate by affording pecuniary aid to any state which may adopt a gradual abolishment of slavery" passed on a 32-10 vote with six senators not voting. Among Democrats, only Garret Davis of Kentucky and John of New Jersey voted in favor.  
Source Citation: 
Senate Vote #239 (April 2, 1862), http://www.govtrack.us/congress