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Benjamin F. Wade Correspondence
Wyles SC 281  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Benjamin F. Wade Correspondence,
    Date (inclusive): 1861, 1863, 1867
    Collection Number: Wyles SC 281
    Extent: .02 linear feet (1 folder)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Benjamin F. Wade Correspondence. Wyles SC 281. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information


    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains three letters relating to Benjamin F. [B. F.] Wade (1800-1878), abolitionist and Whig/Republican Senator from Ohio, 1851-1869. Wade was co-author of the Wade-Davis bill on reconstruction, which was pocket vetoed by President Lincoln, and the subsequent Wade-Davis Manifesto. He often was at odds with Lincoln, who he held responsible for the slow progress of the Union in the Civil War. Wade served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (1865-1869) and was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the vice presidential nomination in 1868. After he also lost a bid for re-election to the Senate in 1868, he returned to practicing law and became the attorney for the Northern Pacific Railroad.
    The letters in the collection are as follows:
    Dec. 14, 1861 - One letter (ALS) from C. R. Wade [wife of B. F.] to R. F. Paine, a friend of B. F., concerning re-election of B. F. and opposition to him.
    Nov. 9, 1863 - One letter (ALS) from B. F. to David [Tod?], declining an invitation to attend the dedication of Gettysburg cemetery, citing the pressing need to prepare for the upcoming session of Congress.
    Sept. 16, 1867 - One letter (ALS) from M. Welker and B. F. Wade to Dr. J. Williams, re upcoming Ohio elections in Ashland and Wayne counties, asking for assistance in the form of additional speakers.