Alexander Hamilton Stephens and George Bush

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Alexander Hamilton Stephens and George Bush “A little, slim, pale-faced, consumptive man just concluded the very best speech of an hour’s length I ever heard.” So said Congressman Abraham Lincoln about Alexander Hamilton Stephens.1 Stephens was born near Crawfordsville, Georgia on February 11, 1812. His mother died shortly after his birth and his father died when Stephens was only 14. Even in childhood he was amazingly bright and his brilliant mind was noticed by many mentors who paid for him to attend college. Stephens graduated at the top of his class from Franklin College and then went on to become a lawyer. Soon after he was admitted to the bar, he entered politics and began to construct an exceedingly prominent…show more content…
Stephens was an excellent public speaker despite his high-pitched girlish voice. Often his views on slavery were questioned. He was a humanitarian, so his slaves were treated very fairly. Stephens never jailed of whipped them, and he never separated families. In fact, none of his slaves ever tried to run away. Also during his term as Vice-president, he centered his official duties on aiding soldiers in hospitals and prisons because he emphasized with them. He himself suffered from angina, bladder stones, colitis, migraine headaches, pneumonia, pruritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sciatica. He was a leader of the moderate faction of Confederates and an advocate of a peaceful resolution of the war. After the war, he was imprisoned at Fort Warren in Boston for five months in 1865, then released. He was then reelected by Georgians to the U. S. Senate under the terms of President Johnson’s lenient Reconstruction plan. But, Radical Republicans, refused to recognize the new state governments in the South, so Stephens was not allowed to take his seat. When Reconstruction had
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