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Volk, Leonard Wells

(Encyclopedia) Volk, Leonard Wells, 1828–95, American sculptor, b. Wellstown (now Wells), N.Y. In 1848 he went to St. Louis, where he studied drawing and worked at funerary sculpture. With the aid of Stephe...

Johnson, Herschel Vespasian

(Encyclopedia) Johnson, Herschel Vespasian, 1812–80, U.S. political leader, b. Burke co., Ga. Admitted to the bar in 1834, he filled (1848–49) an unexpired Senate term before serving as circuit court judg...

Logan, John Alexander

(Encyclopedia) Logan, John Alexander, 1826–86, American politician, Union general in the Civil War, b. Murphysboro, Ill. He fought in the Mexican War and practiced law in Illinois. A Democrat who supported ...

Walker, Robert John

(Encyclopedia) Walker, Robert John, 1801–69, American public official, b. Northumberland, Pa. A lawyer, he practiced for a time in Pittsburgh. In 1826 he moved to Natchez, Miss. As a Democratic Senator (183...

Douglas, Stephen Arnold

(Encyclopedia) Douglas, Stephen Arnold, 1813–61, American statesman, b. Brandon, Vt. Senatorial Career He was admitted to the bar at Jacksonville, Ill., in 1834. After holding various sta...

Pierce, Franklin

(Encyclopedia) Pierce, Franklin, 1804–69, 14th President of the United States (1853–57), b. Hillsboro, N.H., grad. Bowdoin College, 1824. Admitted to the bar in 1827, he entered politics as a Jacksonian D...

Republican party

(Encyclopedia) Republican party, American political party. Origins and Early Years The name was first used by Thomas Jefferson's party, later called the Democratic Republican party or, simp...