|  Share | Cite

David Wilmot

Wilmot, David, 1814–68, American legislator, b. Bethany, Pa. As a Democratic Congressman (1845–51) he became widely known as the author of the famous Wilmot Proviso, which helped build up sectional animosity before the Civil War. Ardently opposed to slavery, Wilmot became a leader of the Free-Soil party. He helped to found the Republican party and was (1861–63) a Republican Senator, filling out the unexpired term of Simon Cameron. He then became (1863) judge of the U.S. Court of Claims.

See biography by C. B. Going (1924, repr. 1966).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on David Wilmot from Infoplease:

  • Wilmot: meaning and definitions - Wilmot: Definition and Pronunciation
  • David WILMOT - David WILMOT (1814-1868) Senate Years of Service: 1861-1863 Party: Republican WILMOT, David, a ...
  • Wilmot Proviso - Wilmot Proviso Wilmot Proviso, 1846, amendment to a bill put before the U.S. House of ...
  • The Guard - Starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan
  • I Went Down - I Went Down Director: Paddy Breathnach Writer: Conor McPherson Director of Photography: Cian de ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: U.S. History: Biographies