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William Henry Bissell Papers, 1824-1861

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Identifier: A0128

Title: William Henry Bissell Papers, 1824-1861


William Henry Bissell (1811-1860), attorney at Belleville, Illinois, served in the Mexican War, participating in the Battle of Buena Vista, February 1847. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1848 and 1850, and gained a national reputation with his speech in the House on the slave question in 1850. In 1856, he was elected governor of Illinois but died ten months later before the expiration of his term.

The collection includes correspondence primarily from statesmen and politicians with reference to William H. Bissell's service in the Black Hawk War and the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican War; the Wilmot Proviso; and Bissell's speech before the House of Representatives, February 21, 1850, on the slave question. Also includes the journal (December 14-24, 1853) of James Henry Carleton while he was stationed at the ruins of La Gran Quivira; journal was sent to Brevet Major W.A. Nichols.

1 box

Indexed in the archives card catalog.

Cite as: William Henry Bissell Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States

Dates: 1824-1861

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Bissell, William H. (William Henry), 1811-1860

Subjects: Politics and government
Black Hawk War, 1832
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Buena Vista, Battle of, Mexico, 1847
Speeches, addresses, etc


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