Wisconsin's Third Governor Resigns


This file appears in: A Reprieve for Maria Barstow
Wisconsin's Third Governor Resigns

On March 21, 1856 when William A. Barstow resigned from office as Wisconsin's governor, he shared national news with Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who was engaged in a battle with fellow Senator Lyman Trumbull over the legitimacy of the recent elections in Kansas which took place in the wake of the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act. The passage of this law was one of the major precipitating events leading to the Civil War.

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This file appears in: A Reprieve for Maria Barstow