By Dennis K. Boman
As provisional governor of Missouri in the course of the Civil conflict, Hamilton Gamble (1798--1864) labored heavily with the Lincoln management to maintain the kingdom from seceding from the Union. with no Gamble and different unswerving Unionist governors, the warfare within the West could have been misplaced. Dennis Boman's full-scale account of Gamble's existence tells the little-known tale of a renowned frontier legal professional who turned leader justice of the Missouri ultimate courtroom and boldly dissented within the notorious Dred Scott determination. Revealing how Gamble, one of many wealthiest and most famous electorate of pre--Civil conflict Missouri, fought to finish slavery and to guard the integrity of the Union, Lincoln's Resolute Unionist corrects winning notions approximately harmony one of the South's antebellum elite on those issues.
The slaveholding border nation of Missouri figured vastly within the sectional trouble from the time of its arguable admission to the Union up during the battle itself, while it used to be the location of internecine battles among Unionists and Confederates. The complexities of the interval and of the political alliances shaped then emerge in actual fact in Boman's biography of Gamble. A primary conservatism -- Gamble believed judges should still interpret, now not make, legislation -- led the southern slave proprietor to dissent from his colleagues' proslavery choice in Scott v. Emerson. those related rules, in addition to Gamble's Whig association and Christian convictions, made enterprise his antisecessionist stance regardless of his proslavery predilections.
Boman presents a groundbreaking research of Lincoln's involvement in Missouri's affairs, together with his suggestions to Gamble in keeping safeguard and passing a country ordinance for sluggish emancipation. Lincoln's Resolute Unionist brings to mild in a compelling type the that means -- and the drama -- of the lifetime of a key determine at a serious time in American history.
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27 In reaction to some of the excesses that these stories exposed, many reform-minded members of society, of whom Gamble was a part, sought to change the circumstances to mitigate the severity of slavery. This desire explains Gamble’s law enforcement efforts. Reﬂecting the values and prejudices of the age, his ﬁrst concern was to protect whites, but he also wanted to maintain better control of slaves and free blacks to prevent tragedies from occurring. One way to achieve this was to restrict the freedom of blacks, both slave and free, and to arrange for the humane and voluntary removal of free blacks whose presence and inﬂuence would cause discontent and ambition for freedom among their brethren in bonds.
8 The frustration of many lawyers and landowners was well summarized by Bates, Gamble’s former law partner, who conﬁded to his diary that “the unsettled & precarious state of our land titles is a very serious evil. Hardly any man feels safe; and no lawyer can rely conﬁdently upon his own judgment. ” 9 7. S. Rep. 317–66. St.
Rep. 317, Drake v. Rogers and Shrewsburry; 7 Mo. Rep. 228, Potter v. Dillon; 8 Mo. Rep. 704, Walker v. Bank of Missouri; 9 Mo. Rep. 149 and 411, St. Louis Perpetual Insurance Company v. Goodfellow and Citizens Insurance Company of Missouri v. Glasgow, Shaw, and Larkin; and 10 Mo. Rep. 6, Walsh v. Homer. 6. Edward Bates diary, 10 March 1851, Bates papers. S. Supreme Court, 13 February 1849, Gamble papers. S. Senator Thomas H. Benton in Farrar and Brown v. S. Rep. 373–89. Attorney General of the United States Benjamin F.
Lincoln's Resolute Unionist: Hamilton Gamble, Dred Scott Dissenter and Missouri's Civil War Governor by Dennis K. Boman