Kansas-Nebraska Bill: View Results of Your Choice

Yes, I could have continued in private life as a successful lawyer and devoted father, but the Nebraska bill threatened to let slavery spread everywhere. So I took to the political stump and spoke out against slavery and “the great wrong and injustice of the repeal of the Missouri Compromise.” I won a seat in the Illinois state legislature, which I quickly resigned in order to run for the U.S. Senate. And although I narrowly lost the Senate contest in 1855, my efforts helped secure victory for another anti-Douglas, anti-Nebraska candidate. My hard work helped lay the foundations for the creation of the Republican Party in Illinois. I was back in the political fray.

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