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George Edmund Badger became a US Senator in 1846 when he was elected to fill William Henry Haywood Jr.'s open seat. The article contains a brief biographical sketch about Badger and his continued education and early endeavors in public service. Focus is largely on his Senate years between 1846 and 1849. Badger made several important speeches in the Senate concerning the Mexican American War and slavery in the territories and which are analyzed in this article.
A continuation of an article in the January 1938 issue, this piece continues to follow Badger's Senatorial career looking specifically at the Compromise of 1850. This legislation dealt with newly acquired territories from the Mexican-American War. The Compromise was filled with tension between northern and southern states regarding topics such as state succession and slavery, Badger's remarks on both are analyzed here from the personal speeches made by the Senator.
The third and final installment of a series of article dedicated to George Edmund Badger's career in the United State Senate concludes by examining his final four years in the Senate from 1851 to 1855. During this period his speeches continued to focus on slavery, specifically denouncing abolitionists, and questions of the balance of power in the federal government.
This article provides biographical information and anecdotal stories about George Edmund Badger, the thirteenth Secretary of the US Navy and a North Carolina native. It also touches upon his ten years of service in the US Senate, where his knowledge of naval matters was highly sought and listened to.