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t he consented to accept political office. In the autumn campaign of the previous year, resulting in the overthrow of the Know-Nothing party, by which Massachusetts had been ruled since 1854, he had sustained an active part. The former political issues being revived by the dissolution of that organization after its defeat, he consented to be chosen to the Legislature of 1858. Mr. Andrew was at once recognized as the leader of his party in the House. The leader of the opposition was Hon. Caleb Cushing, of Newburyport, formerly member of Congress, and the Attorney-General of the United States under President Pierce. At the close of the session, Mr. Andrew returned to his profession, refusing to permit his name to be used as a candidate for Governor, and declined also an election to the Legislature, and an appointment, tendered him by Governor Banks, of a seat on the bench of the Superior Court. In the spring of 1860, he was unanimously selected to head the delegation from Massachus
f the Legislature Ex-Governor Cliffordelected President of the Senate his speech Alexander H. Bullock electedSpeaker of the House speech of Mr. Bullock of Caleb Cushing proceedings of the Legislature Abstracts of military laws passed Massachusetts prisoners in Richmond clothing sent letter from Adjutant Pierson expeditioon upon controverted questions of policy and principle, marched as a band of brothers to the field to uphold the common flag, or to fall in its defence. Hon. Caleb Cushing, of Newburyport, senior member, called the House to order; in doing which, he made a short address, and referred to his services as a member in years that wn Europe, and recommending that military art be encouraged and taught in some of our public schools, and higher seminaries of learning. Jan. 6. In the House.—Mr. Cushing, of Newburyport, introduced an order that the Committee on the Militia consider the expediency of making provision for the families of citizens of the State eng
y free. In this, as in every other measure intended to suppress the Rebellion, and uproot its causes, Massachusetts will yield to the Government no qualified support. In the complete performance of her whole duty to the Union, she will neither falter nor fail. Stephen N. Gifford, of Duxbury, was re-elected clerk, having received every vote. The House organized by the choice of Alexander H. Bullock, of Worcester, for Speaker, who received every vote but three, which were cast for Caleb Cushing, of Newburyport. Mr. Bullock spoke at considerable length. In the course of his speech,> he was eloquent in his praise of the services of Massachusetts soldiers in the war. He said,— They have fought, many have fallen, under McClellan and Burnside, both dear to them; under Butler and Banks, both soldiers of Massachusetts, bringing laurels to her brow. They have stood, and they have fallen, wheresoever and under whomsoever it has pleased the Government to appoint their lot.