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Name: David Wilmot

Region: Poconos / Limitless Mountains

County: Bradford

Marker Location: US 6 (York Ave.) above Barstow Ave., Towanda

Dedication Date: May 12, 1947


David Wilmot (1814-1868) of Pennsylvania acquired the reputation as a "excellent Free-Soiler" as soon as as a freshmale congressman in 1846 he presented an amendment that would certainly have prohibited slaexceptionally from any type of of the land acquired during battle through Mexico. The House adopted the amendment yet the Senate faibrought about grant it. The Wilmot Proviso was never enacted as a regulation. It was significant, but, in signaling a adjust in party alignments. Wilmot was part of a little group of northern Democrats in the Housage who opposed slaincredibly and also who were willing to defy their nationwide party leadership over the controversial topic. They joined forces through northern Whigs, prefer Lincoln, to support "totally free soil" policies aimed at stopping the spread of slaextremely in western lands. This coalition in the late 1840s later on developed throughout the 1850s right into the brand-new Republican Party. Wilmot played a vital duty in the climb of the Republican Party, arranging Pennsylvania"s first Republican State Convention and serving on the National Executive Committee. The Wilmot Proviso was not a statement around racial equality. Wilmot himself described the resolution as the "White Man"s Proviso," arguing that he wanted to defend western territories for "my very own race and own shade." Wilmot left Congress after 3 terms and failed in his bid to end up being governor of Pennsylvania in 1857, losing the election to Democrat William F. Packer. For three years throughout the Civil War, he stood for Pennsylvania in the UNITED STATE Senate (1861-1863), filling out the term of
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Simon Cameron, who left to become Secretary of War. Concerned about his family"s financial well being, Wilmot then requested and got an appointment from President Lincoln as a federal judge, which available greater salary and also security.


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James H. Duff, "David Wilmot, The Statesmale and Political Leader," Pennsylvania History:13 (October 1946): 283-289.

Eric Foner, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Man: The Ideology of the Republihave the right to Party Before the Civil War (New York: Oxford College Press), 1970.