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Stephen A. Douglas

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Kansas-Nebraska Act

Definition: Illinois Senator (1847-1861), presidential candidate, and champion of Popular Sovereignty. A famous orator in his own right, he gained even more fame from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. In the election of 1860, he was the Democratic Party's nominee. The only problem was, the South started its own Democratic Party. Douglas gained almost as many popular votes as Lincoln, but they were in all the same states. Douglas had almost no support in the South, so he lost the electoral race badly. He is most famous (aside from the debates with Lincoln) for the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which had its beginnings in his desire for a transcontinental railroad.

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