Harvard President and Semi-Private Citizen

Matthew Mason

in Apostle of Union

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print September 2016 | ISBN: 9781469628608
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781469628622
Harvard President and Semi-Private Citizen

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This chapter begins with Everett’s return to the U.S. and service as president of Harvard College, and follows his thoughts and actions relative to slavery, race, reform, and the Union through 1852. Highlights and revealing moments in this period include his moves towards potentially admitting Harvard’s first African-American student, Everett’s eulogy for fallen antislavery statesman John Quincy Adams, correspondence with Free Soil Party leaders in the presidential election year of 1848 in relation to a possible vice presidential nomination, and the debates leading to the Compromise of 1850. Everett was deeply uncomfortable with the Fugitive Slave Act as part of that Compromise, but soon thereafter fought on the battlefields of memory to vindicate the Compromise and especially its proponent Daniel Webster.

Keywords: Harvard College; John Quincy Adams; Free Soil Party; Compromise of 1850; Daniel Webster; Memory

Chapter.  15141 words. 

Subjects: Political History

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