STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS; His Life, Public Services, Speeches, and Patriotism / Illustrated
Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1909. B&W photos. First Edition. Half leather and marbled boards. 8vo, half calf leather over marbled boards, Foreword by Clark E. Carr, illustrated with frontispiece photo of Douglas statue and 30 B&W photos of SAD's associates and related matter, marbled endpapers, Index, xii + 293 pages. Good +. Item #8893
Solid copy with clean unfoxed illustrations. Covers are scuffed and leather is getting dusty. Pages are lightly and uniformly age-toned. The last page of the Index has been roughly opened resulting in a strip lost along its edge but not affecting the entries.
Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813 – 1861), aka "the Little Giant," was an American politician and lawyer from Illinois. A senator, he was one of two nominees of the badly split Democratic Party for president in the 1860 presidential election, which was won by Republican Abraham Lincoln.
Douglas had previously defeated Lincoln in the 1858 United States Senate election in Illinois, known for the pivotal Lincoln–Douglas debates. He was one of the brokers of the Compromise of 1850 which sought to avert a sectional crisis; to further deal with the volatile issue of extending slavery into the territories.