withdraw from the Union
, because it belonged to the United States
by the right of purchase, having been formed from a part of the territory bought from France
by the Federal
In addition to denying generally and specially the right of the State
to secede, he dwelt with emphasis on the division and conflict of sentiment among the people of the State
and its exposed situation, surrounded as it was on three sides by States loyal to the Union
, the citizens of which were already organizing and arming, and the great danger it would incur if it attempted to secede.
‘Regarding as I do the American Confederacy
,’ he said, in closing, ‘as the source of a thousand blessings, pecuniary, social and moral, and its destruction as fraught with incalculable loss, suffering and crime, I would here, in my last official act as governor of Missouri
, record my solemn protest against such unwise and hasty action, and my unalterable devotion to the Union
so long as it can be made the pro. tector of equal rights.’
The same day the newly elected State officers took the oath of office, and Gov. Claiborne F. Jackson
sent his inaugural address to the two houses.
was a Kentuckian of Virginian descent.
He was a middle-aged man of dignified and impressive bearing, a farmer of independent fortune, and had been a citizen of the State
for forty years. He was a forcible speaker, a debater rather than an orator, a politician of experience, and a man of positive opinions on public questions, upon which he generally had the courage to act. He had been connected with the politics of the State
, off and on, for twenty-five years in a legislative capacity, and was chairman of the senate committee on Federal relations in 1848– 49, and as such reported the resolutions instructing Senator Benton
and his colleague to co-operate with the representatives of the Southern States
in any policy of protection they might adopt.
In the contest which ensued, when Benton
refused to obey the instructions and appealed