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By John M. Belohlavek

"The so much hated guy in New England," as critics dubbed him at the eve of the Civil battle, Caleb Cushing, brash and debatable, was once maybe the final of 19th-century America's renaissance figures. Poet and flesh presser, essayist and diplomat, basic and attorney, this multidimensional scion of a Newburyport, Massachusetts, mercantile kin moved out and in of positions of energy and effect for greater than fifty years. First as a spokesman for the Whig after which the Democratic events, Cushing served in Congress, because the minister to China, as a common within the Mexican battle, as U.S. legal professional normal, and as a criminal adviser and diplomatic operative for Presidents Lincoln, Johnson, and supply. With an unharnessed brain and probing mind, Cushing encouraged and infuriated contemporaries together with his strident perspectives on such subject matters as race kinfolk and gender roles, nationwide enlargement and the legitimacy of secession. whereas his positions generated arguments and garnered enemies, his perspectives usually reflected these of many americans. His skills and skills sustained him in public carrier and made him the most extraordinary and interesting figures of the period. Biographer John Belohlavek can provide a piece of value and originality to experts within the parts of mid-nineteenth-century political, felony, and diplomatic heritage in addition to to these drawn to New England background, antebellum gender relatives, civil-military kinfolk, and Mexican warfare studies.

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