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 Posted: Fri May 4th, 2007 02:46 am
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Actually, it was not another US Senator that thrashed Sen. Charles Sumner (Mass.) with a gutta-percha cane on the Senate floor on May 22, 1856. It was US Representative Preston Brooks of South Carolina. Brooks was upset over a speech Sumner had made a few days earlier that had been critical of President Pierce and Southerners that approved of the pro-slavery violence then occrring in Kansas. Among those Sumner lambasted was Senator Andrew Butler (S.C.), who was a relative of Brooks. Brooks had fumed over the perceived insult to his state and his kinsman. He had considered challenging Sumner to a duel, but had been informed that honorable duels could only be fought between equals. In Brooks' mind, Sumner was a drunkard and an abolutionist, and thus his social inferior.

Brooks entered the nearly empty Senate chamber, and spoke to Sumner, who was working at his desk. He said, "Mr. Sumner, I have read your speech twice over carefully. It is a libel on South Carolina, and Mr. Butler, who is a relative of mine."

Brooks then proceeded to beat Sumner with his cane. Several Senators rushed to stop the fight, but were held off at pistolpoint by US Representative Laurence Keitt of South Carolina.

Ah, those were the days, eh? What a bunch of wusses we have in Washington these days, LOL!

Last edited on Fri May 4th, 2007 02:47 am by medicboymatt

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