Democratic candidate for President in 1852 and the fourteenth president of the US. He made the Gadsden Purchase, which opened the Northwest for settlement, and passed the unpopular Kansas-Nebraska Act.
Senator from Illinois who ran for president against Abraham Lincoln. Wrote the Kansas-Nebreaska Act and the Freeport Doctrine.
A plan that would divide the remainder of the Louisiana Purchase into two territories.
An incident in which abolitionist John Brown and seven other men murdered five pro-slavery men in Kansas.
Radical Republican against the slave power who insults Andrew Butler and subsequently gets caned by Preston Brooks.
Was a Congressman from South Carolina, notorious for brutally assaulting senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the United States Senate.