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A congressional committee reports that Senator Benjamin Stark of Oregon is a southern sympathizer

Benjamin Stark, detail
04/22/1862
Oregon named Democrat Benjamin Stark to fill the unexpired term of war casualty Edward Dickinson Baker. Republican activists in Oregon petitioned Congress to reject his being seated on grounds of his pro-slavery and seemingly disloyal statements made earlier in the war.  The special committee of Congress investigating these charges returned on this day a finding that Stark was indeed disloyal.  Since Stark's term only ran for a few more months, the full Senate took no action and Benjamin Harding replaced him in September 1862.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 95.
Montagu Colmer, Charles E.S. Wood, eds., History of the Bench and Bar of Oregon (Portland, OR: Historical Publishing Co., 1910), 275.

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