Prentiss Mellen to William King regarding the Missouri Compromise, Washington, DC, 1820
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Maine Historical Society
Prentiss Mellen was born in Sterling, Massachusetts in 1764 and died in Portland in 1840. He served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1818-1820 and as a Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court from 1820-1834. William King (1768-1852) became a Massachusetts State Senator in 1816 and was Maine’s first governor from 1820-1821.
In this letter written to King in Boston, Mellon discussed how to overcome Maine’s new connection to Missouri and slavery. Mellen also expressed his gratitude that King’s brother, Rufus King--an ardent abolitionist, had arrived at Congress to help them plead their case.
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