Calvin C. Chaffee

Calvin C. Chaffee

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Calvin Clifford Chaffee (August 28, 1811 - August 8, 1896) was an American doctor and politician. He was an outspoken opponent of slavery. Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, Chaffee graduated from the medical school of Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, in 1835. He settled in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he began his medical practice. In 1854 he was elected on the American Party party ticket to the Thirty-fourth Congress as part of the Know Nothing party sweep of the Massachusetts congressional delegation that year. An abolitionist who received an honorary degree from Amherst in the same ceremony as Charles Sumner, he became a Republican and was reelected to Congress as such in 1856. Chaffee is best remembered as the second husband of Irene Emerson, widow of Dr. John Emerson and owner of the slave Dred Scott, whom he married in 1850. There is speculation that Chaffee advanced the Dred Scott case as a test for slavery. However, contemporary reports have him discover from the Springfield Argus that his new wife owned the most famous slave in the world in February 1857, only a month before the Supreme Court handed down the infamous Dred Scott decision.show more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 213g
  • Aud Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135670891
  • 9786135670899