Stephen A. Douglas

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Stephen Arnold Douglas was a Representative and a Senator from Illinois. He was born April 23, 1813 in Brandon, Vermont, and died June 3, 1861 in Chicago, Illinois. Douglas was the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1860. He lost to the Republican Party's candidate, Abraham Lincoln.[1]

In December 1836 he became a member of the Illinois State Legislature. In 1837 he was appointed by President Martin Van Buren to be registrar of the land office at Springfield, the new state capital of Illinois. In 1840 he worked energetically to carry the state for Van Buren; and for a few months he was Secretary of State of Illinois. He was a judge of the Supreme Court of Illinois from 1841 to 1843. In 1843 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. In 1847 he was elected to the United States Senate.

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