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John A. J. Creswell, Oration on the Life and Character of Henry Winter Davis, Washington, D.C.

John Andrew Jackson Creswell, Brady image, circa 1865, detail
Henry Winter Davis had died, aged forty-eight, on December 30, 1865. On the anniversary of George Washington's birthday, his friend and political companion, John Andrew Jackson Creswell, spoke at length to the U.S. House of Representatives in his memory. Clearly bereft at the loss of his friend, Creswell gave an eloquent, erudite, and comprehensive account of his fellow Marylander's early life, education, and political career. Importantly for the student of Maryland during the Civil War period, he then gave an interesting and detailed first hand account of Davis's role in first maintaining Maryland's loyalty and then his work to enable a new Republican-led constitution to make Maryland the first state during the war to abolish slavery, what Creswell described as Davis's "crowning Glory." In this, a close reading of this speech reveals as much about Creswell's own vital role in Maryland history as it does that of his friend. (By John Osborne)

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