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Presidential Children – Tippecanoe’s Ten

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The Natick Cobbler – Henry Wilson, Part 2

In the Senate, Wilson was compared somewhat unfavorably to the other Massachusetts Republican Senator, Charles Sumner. Sumner was a powerful, eloquent orator with great...
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