Lyman Trumbull, United States Senator from Illinois

The Significance of Domicile in Lyman Trumbull's Conception of Citizenship

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  • St. Louis, Sept. 14. 1858.

    I have just been reading an article in the Richmond Enquirer, which will be republished in the Democrat of to-morrow, & which will be sent you--

    It strikes me it would be well for you to put another question to Douglas after reading this article-- You will see that the Enquirer chooses to understand Douglas Freeport speech as favoring the passage of a slave code by Congress for the protection of slavery in the territories-- D. of course meant no such thing, & not having seen the dodge of the Enquirer would probably answer promptly that Congress possessed no such power, or that he was opposed to its exercise if it did--

    This would effectually use him up with the South & set the whole pro-slavery Democracy against him--

    I spoke to a very enthusiastic meeting at Waterloo yesterday, though it was not large-- Our friends in that county are enthusiastic & determined to make the best fight in their power-- The right spirit is up everywhere--

    Yours truly

    Lyman Trumbull

    Should you think advisable to put another question to D. founded on the Enquirer's article, some one ought to take down & report his answer so as to have it published--

    Head over to Sen. Lyman Trumbull’s . If you are having a problem with a government agency, look for a contact link for casework to submit a request for help. Otherwise, look for a phone number on that website to call his office if you have a question.

  • Lyman Trumbull was born in Colchester, Connecticut on 12th October, 1813. After attending Bacon Academy he worked as a school teacher in Connecticut (1829-1833).

    Shields ran on the regular Democratic ticket. Abraham Lincoln was the Republican. Lyman Trumbull ran as a Free Soil Democrat. Stephen Douglas despised Free Soil Democrats in general and Lyman Trumbull in particular. They were worst than the hated Republican Abolitionists because they were turncoat Democrats and their betrayal threatened the national party. In those days Illinois had indirect election of Senator with each member of the Illinois Legislature having one vote. During the election Lincoln ran well but not quite well enough. Rather than see a regular Democrat elected he turned his vote over to Trumbull who opposed Douglas even more strongly than Lincoln did. Trumbull won. It was a real defeat for Douglas. 02:41, 12 September 2006 (UTC)John Rydberg

  • Lyman Trumbull was born in Colchester, Connecticut. He began teaching school at the age of sixteen and later studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1837. He moved to Belleville, in southern Illinois, and became active in state government. In 1841, he was elected secretary of state and, in 1848, he became a justice on the state supreme court. He was elected as a Democrat to the state legislature in 1854, then elected by that same body as a United States Senator a few months later in 1855. He became a Republican because of his opposition to the expansion of slavery, and was reelected to the Senate as a Republican in 1861 and 1867.

    Trumbull was one of seven Republicans who broke party ranks and voted against the conviction of President Johnson during his impeachment trial in the Senate. The Senator was dubious about the legitimacy of the impeachment process, had fears that it would ultimately hurt the Republican party politically, and was contemptuous of Benjamin Wade, who was next in line for the Presidency. In 1872, he joined other Liberal Republicans in supporting Horace Greeley’s presidential candidacy against the reelection of President Grant. In 1880, Trumbull was the unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Illinois. A long-time advocate of "soft money," he supported the Populist party in the 1890s. He died in Chicago.

    Robert C. Kennedy, HarpWeek

    Sources consulted:  Harper’s Encyclopedia of United States History; Albert Castel, The Presidency of Andrew Johnson


    Lyman Trumbull
    (12 October 1813 - 25 June 1896)
    Source:  History of Congress, 1867-69, Vol. II

    Julia Jayne Trumbull, the wife of Illinois Senator Lyman Trumbull. Things continued to be unwell between Mary Todd Lincoln and Julia Jayne Trumbull. Their friendship dissolved in 1855 when Trumbull defeated Lincoln for a Senate seat. Elizabeth Todd Grimsley, Mary’s cousin, writes from the White House: Tomorrow night Mary has another reception, the last of the season. I presume it will be pleasant as there will not be so much of a crowd..meaning Julia Trumbull will NOT be there.

Lyman Trumbull - Andrew Johnson

Meanwhile, Senator Lyman Trumbull, to whom the scathing letter was written, introduced a bill into Congress calling “for the confiscation of the property of rebels, and giving freedom to the persons they hold in slavery.”