Cyclopædia of Political Science, Political Economy, and the Political History of the United States

Edited by: Lalor, John J.
(?-1899)
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1881
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New York: Maynard, Merrill, and Co.
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1899
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Includes articles by Frédéric Bastiat, Gustave de Molinari, Henry George, J. B. Say, Francis A. Walker, and more.
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BROOKS

I.159.1

BROOKS, Preston, a representative from South Carolina in the 34th congress, and a nephew of senator Butler, of the same state. In a speech on the Kansas troubles senator Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, had criticised senator Butler, and May 22, 1856, after the senate's adjournment, Brooks, backed by two other southern representatives, Keitt, of South Carolina, and Edmundson, of Virginia, entered the senate chamber, struck Sumner senseless to the floor with a heavy cane, and then beat him so cruelly that an absence of several years in Europe was necessary for his recovery. The house censured Brooks, who resigned, and was unanimously reelected by his district. Massachusetts refused to choose another senator, and Sumner's empty chair was for several years her silent protest against Brooks' unpunished violence. (See authorities under SUMNER, CHARLES.)

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