Friday, October 12, 2018
Illinois' Orville Hickman Browning-- Part 1: A Man of Strong Connections
Earlier this week I wrote about this man pleaing to Lincoln to commute the death sentence of John Yates Beall. I'd never heard of him, but it seemed as if he was on a friendly relationship with the president so went to good ol. Wikipedia for a background on him.
An attorney in Illinois and a politician active in the Whig and Republican parties. Also a U.S. senator during the Civil War and Secretary of the Interior after the war.
Born in Kentucky and trained as a lawyer Settled in Illinois, served in the militia during the Black Hawk War. Successful attorney and active in politics as a Whig. Served in the Illinois General Assembly. Joined the Republican Party after the Whigs broke up and helped organize the new party in Illinois.
In 1861, he was appointed to fill the Senate seat of Stephen A. Douglas after his death.
No Wonder He Had Access to Lincoln. --Old Secesh