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Farmington in Strafford County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Henry Wilson

Vice President of the United States

 
 
Henry Wilson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 10, 2019
1. Henry Wilson Marker
Inscription.  Born in Farmington February 16, 1812, Jeremiah Jones Colbath, this self-educated farm boy changed his name when of age to Henry Wilson. He became a teacher, member of Congress, United States Senator and took office as Vice President under President Ulysses S. Grant March 4, 1873. He suffered a stroke and died in the Vice President’s chambers in the Capitol, November 22, 1875.
 
Erected by State of New Hampshire. (Marker Number 98.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical date for this entry is February 16, 1812.
 
Location. 43° 22.867′ N, 71° 2.982′ W. Marker is in Farmington, New Hampshire, in Strafford County. Marker is on Main Street (New Hampshire Route 153) 0.3 miles south of Paulson Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 181 Main Street, Farmington NH 03835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farmington Honor Roll (approx. one mile away); Town of Farmington War Memorial (approx. one mile away); Farmington Civil War Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); New Durham Meeting House
Henry Wilson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 10, 2019
2. Henry Wilson Marker
(Henry Wilson monument in background)
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(approx. 5 miles away); Arched Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Reverend Amos Main (approx. 6˝ miles away); First Church Congregational (approx. 6.6 miles away); Rochester Commons Bandstand (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmington.
 
Also see . . .
1. Henry Wilson (Wikipedia). Henry Wilson was the 18th vice president of the United States (1873–75) and a senator from Massachusetts (1855–73). Before and during the American Civil War, he was a leading Republican, and a strong opponent of slavery. Wilson devoted his energies to the destruction of the "Slave Power" – the faction of slave owners and their political allies which anti-slavery Americans saw as dominating the country. While a Senator during the Civil War, Wilson was considered a "Radical Republican", and his experience as a militia general, organizer and commander of a Union Army regiment, and chairman of the Senate military committees enabled him to assist the Abraham Lincoln administration in the organization and oversight of the Union Army and Union Navy. (Submitted on June 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Hon. Henry Wilson image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
3. Hon. Henry Wilson
from The Lives of General U.S. Grant, and Henry Wilson c. 1872 published by T.B. Peterson & Brothers, Philadelphia.
 

2. Henry Wilson, 18th Vice President (1873-1875). Henry Wilson soon stood among the inner circle of Radical Republicans in Congress beside Charles Sumner, Benjamin Wade, Thaddeus Stevens, and Henry Winter Davis. He introduced bills that freed slaves in the District of Columbia, permitted African Americans to join the Union army, and provided equal pay to black and white soldiers. Wilson pressed President Lincoln to issue an emancipation proclamation and worried that the final product left many people still enslaved in the border states. When the Thirty-ninth Congress convened in December 1865, Wilson introduced the first civil rights initiative of the postwar Congress. His bill aimed at outlawing the Black Codes and other forms of racial discrimination in the former Confederacy, but it was defeated. (Submitted on June 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Henry Wilson Monument (<i>a few steps from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 10, 2019
4. Henry Wilson Monument (a few steps from marker)
Henry Wilson
Vice President
U.S.A.
Born here
Feb. 16, 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3. submitted on September 4, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on June 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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