Category Archives: 1850s

Supreme Court rules slaves cannot sue for freedom in federal court 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 6 1857)


Video: 'The Dred Scott Case'

(Friday, March 6, 1857) — In a 7–2 decision written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Scott, an enslaved man of “the negro African race” who had been taken by his owners to free states and territories, could not be an American citizen and therefore had no standing to sue for his freedom in federal court. Continue reading Supreme Court rules slaves cannot sue for freedom in federal court 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 6 1857)

Buchanan inaugurated as 15th U.S. President, Breckinridge as 14th VP 160 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1857)

(Wednesday, March 4, 1857, at about 1:30 p.m. local time) — Former Secretary of State James Buchanan of Pennsylvania was inaugurated today as the 15th President of the United States on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., with Chief Justice Roger Taney administering the oath of office. Continue reading Buchanan inaugurated as 15th U.S. President, Breckinridge as 14th VP 160 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1857)

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson born in Staunton, Virginia 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 28 1856)


Video: 'American Presidents - Woodrow Wilson 28th US President'

(Sunday, December 28, 1856)Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States (1913-1921), was born Thomas Woodrow Wilson today at 18–24 North Coalter Street in Staunton, Virginia. Continue reading U.S. President Woodrow Wilson born in Staunton, Virginia 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 28 1856)

Buchanan decisively defeats Fremont in presidential election 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 4 1856)


Video: 'The American Presidential Election of 1856'

(Tuesday, November 4, 1856, during the 1856 presidential campaign) — Democratic former Secretary of State James Buchanan of Pennsylvania was elected President of the United States today over Republican former Senator John C. Fremont of California. Continue reading Buchanan decisively defeats Fremont in presidential election 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 4 1856)

Abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner beaten unconscious 160 years ago today (May 22 1856)


Video: 'The Caning Of Charles Sumner - TheBlazeTV - REAL HISTORY - 2013.01.25'

(Tuesday, May 22, 1856, afternoon local time) — Congressman Preston Brooks, a pro-slavery Democrat from South Carolina, beat Senator Charles Sumner, a Republican abolitionist from Massachusetts, with a walking cane today in the hall of the United States Senate in retaliation for a speech Sumner had made two days earlier attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas (“Bleeding Kansas”).

Sumner is unable to return to duty for 3 years while he recovers; Brooks becomes a hero across the South.