Senator William Upham
“Slavery is a crime against humanity
and a sore evil in the body politic.”
William Upham resided here during the first half of the nineteenth century. He was an ardent abolitionist, voting against the Fugitive Slave Act and slavery in new states and territories. A member of the Whig Party, Upham represented Vermont as a U.S. Senator from 1843 to 1853. He supported the Canadian rebellions of 1837 and 1838 and vehemently opposed the Mexican-American War, 1846-1848. Senator William Seward eulogized him, saying, “His national policy was the increase of industry, the cultivation of peace, and the patronage of improvement.” Upham was interred at Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier.
Erected 2015 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • War, Mexican-American. A significant historical year for this entry is 1843.
Location. 44° 15.728′ N, 72° 34.369′ W. Marker is in Montpelier, Vermont, in Washington
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Caldwell House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lafayette’s Tour (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vermont Equality For Same-Sex Couples (approx. 0.4 miles away); Steel Krupp Gun (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ethan Allen (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ammi B. Young (approx. 0.4 miles away); Flood of 1927, Montpelier and Wells River Railroad Station and Yard (approx. 0.4 miles away); Winooski River From Bailey’s Grain Tower, 1929 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
Also see . . . Wikipedia - William Upham. (Submitted on August 29, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on June 25, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. Photos: 1. submitted on May 4, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. 2, 3. submitted on May 21, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.