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bearing on the war which was so soon to open, and in which Governor Banks was to take a prominent part, as a major-general in the Union army.
The Legislature of 1858 had passed what was known as an act for the protection of personal liberty.
It was intended to mitigate the harsh and unjust provisions of the act of Congress pas in political assemblies,—until 1848 as a Whig, in that year passing into the Free-Soil party, and in 1854 uniting naturally with the Republicans,—it was not until 1858 that 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 Massachn 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 o