Category Archives: 1850s

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


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(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)


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(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)


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(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.

U.S. Vice President William R. King dies 160 years ago today (1853)


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(Monday, April 18, 1853) — William R. King, the 13th Vice President of the United States, died today in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama of tuberculosis after only 45 days in office. Following King’s death at age 67, the office of Vice-President was vacant for four years, until March 4, 1857, when John C. Breckinridge was inaugurated.