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 Posted: Tue Jul 5th, 2011 10:29 pm
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BHR62-

  Yes, Stephen A. Douglas was already a US senator when Mr. Lincoln ran against him in 1858. Douglas became a US senator in 1847 after serving a couple of terms in the House. He remained in office until his death in June of 1861.

  He deserves a lot of the credit (or blame) for the Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. He also supported the Dred Scott decision in 1857.

  A bit of trivia- He was born: "Douglass" (Same name as Frederick Douglass (Who wasn't born: "Douglass")) but he dropped the second: "s."

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