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Preston S. Brooks

Wrong Preston S. Brooks?


South Carolina

Employment History

  • Senator
    South Carolina
  • Congressman


  • South Carolina College at Columbia
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South Carolina Representative ..., 1 Aug 2014 [cached]
South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks was a slavery advocate convicted of assault and re-elected in 1856. Voters seemed to like that he used his cane to beat up an abolitionist colleague.
The Battle of Gettysburg, 30 Oct 2013 [cached]
The first blows of the Civil War were struck on May 22, 1856, when South Carolina senator Preston Brooks struck senator Sumner repeatedly with his cane in the U.S. Senate.
Charles Sumner, 24 Sept 2014 [cached]
Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina believed that Sumner had insulted his uncle, Senator Andrew Butler.
In retaliation, Brooks used his cane to beat Sumner, who was seated at his desk on the Senate floor, to unconsciousness.
Meanwhile, Brooks became a hero in the South for defending Southern honor, and was subsequently reelected by his constituency.
Autograph - 1124201 - Album containing signatures of two Presidents and many Civil War personalities, 15 June 2013 [cached]
One of Butler's relatives, South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks, attacked Sumner on the Senate floor with a cane and continued to beat him as he lay defenseless on the floor, while another South Carolina Representative used a pistol to keep other Senators from intervening.
His severe beating in 1856 by ..., 1 June 2012 [cached]
His severe beating in 1856 by South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks on the floor of the United States Senate helped escalate the tensions that led to war.
Preston Brooks Preston Smith Brooks (August 5, 1819 - January 27, 1857) was a Democratic Congressman from South Carolina, known for severely beating Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the United States Senate with a cane in response to an insult.
In 1856, South Carolina congressman Preston Brooks entered the United States Senate chamber and, with a metal-tipped cane, beat Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner.
Brooks was retaliating for a speech Sumner had just given in which he attacked slavery and insulted South Carolinians. Brooks resigned his seat but received a hero's welcome on returning home.
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