Julian, George (1817–1899)

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JULIAN, GEORGE (1817–1899)

An Indiana abolitionist, lawyer, and congressman (1849–1851; 1861–1871), George Washington Julian was an early advocate of emancipation under the government's war powers. In 1862 he guided the homestead act through Congress. Julian advocated confiscation of rebel lands and black suffrage. In 1867 he was a member of the committee of seven which drew up articles of impeachment against President andrew johnson. In 1868 he introduced a constitutional amendment that would have granted women's suffrage. After 1871 Julian became a liberal Republican and then a radical Democrat. He published much, including his political memoirs (1884) and a biography of his father-in-law, Congressman Joshua R. Giddings (1892).

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Julian, George W. 1884 Political Reflections, 1840–1872. Chicago: Jansen, McClurg & Co.

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