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Resolutions of the Citizens of Franklin County, Missouri in support of President Lincoln's policies on slavery

Franklin County, Missouri, 1857
President Lincoln had sent a message to Congress in March 1862 suggesting possible ways in which slavery could be gradually ended in the United States. Although the Senate endorsed these ideas, there was much opposition to what many saw as a distraction from the effort to preserve the Union. While public meetings elsewhere in the border slave states reflected this, the people of Franklin County in eastern central Missouri, heavily German in immigration and ancestry, were strong supporters of an eventual and careful end to slavery. These resolutions here indicated that fact in powerful terms as did their urging of the nomination of leading Unconditional Unionist and advocate for slavery's end, Samuel T. Glover, for governor. (By John Osborne)