Washington. 1858. 16pp. Printed on a single folded sheet, untrimmed and unopened. Old folds. Very good. Item #WRCAM39316
Broderick was a Democratic Senator from California and an anti- slavery advocate. In the bitter fight over the admission of Kansas under the pro-slavery Lecompton constitution, he allied himself with Stephen Douglas and other "Free Soil" forces, outraging pro-slavery, pro-Southern Democrats. Broderick was born in Washington, DC, but went to California in 1849 and smelted and assayed gold. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1857. In 1859, at the Democratic State Convention, California Supreme Court Justice David Terry challenged the thirty-nine year-old Broderick to a duel and killed him. Broderick and Terry had been friends, but their bond was fractured partially over the debate on slavery.